“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
– Isaiah 9:6
The prophet Isaiah prophecy the birth of Christ and foretold a future on Earth where injustice will end and peace will reign. Isaiah prophesied that “the government,” the dominion and rule, will not be by mankind, but be upon Christ’s shoulders.
Christ will be mankind’s “counselor” who will advise, deliberate, and resolve problems.
Christ will be called “Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
As Christ is the son, but also God in the flesh, it aligns with the prophetic words of Isaiah.
There will be a new kingdom on Earth – God’s kingdom – led by Christ.
Isaiah also prophesied the birth of Christ, saying:
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
Immanuel means “God is with us.”
The birth of Christ, his life, death, and resurrection are what Christmas is about. It’s also about the necessity of Christ’s birth – bringing an end to evil, sin, and the works of Satan.
Christmas is a religious holiday. It’s the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, from which it derives its name.
For decades, commercialism and secularism have been siphoning away the true meaning of Christmas, as the holiday becomes more distant from religion.
This year, in comparison over the last decade, the number of Americans identifying as Christians fell to 65% as compared to 77% ten years earlier, according to the Pew Research Center.
During the same time, those identifying as atheist or agnostic rose from 17% to 26%.
Political correctness has also had a hand in this, prompting President Donald Trump to declare we’re saying “Merry Christmas” again as opposed to “happy holidays.”
The president took a stand against what he termed to be a “war on Christmas.” Many Americans took heart from President Trump’s efforts to put the Christ back in Christmas.
The latest poll by the Hill and HarrisX asked voters how they perceive and feel about the religious aspects of Christmas as it is presently.
In the poll, 46% of voters said there is too little emphasis on Christmas as a religious holiday.
Only 18% felt there was too much of a religious emphasis on the holiday. Roughly 36% of voters felt there was just the right amount of focus on religion on the holiday.
Along party lines, 57% of Republicans and 45% of Democrats felt there was too little emphasis on religion during Christmas.