We tend to look upon the Christ-child as a helpless babe. But even as a baby, Jesus was Mighty God. Throughout His earthly life, Jesus demonstrated the power of God just as He did from heaven.
The Hebrew word for "God" in "Mighty God," El, is a name for God that is used throughout the Old Testament. It is used to describe God's supernatural power and might. El is the Creator of heaven and earth -- the inventor of the universe and all it contains. Of God's many names, none express His supernatural power like the name El.
God was making a significant point -- Jesus, the Savior to come, would be God Himself, the supernatural, powerful One.
The same El who created the stars and who leads them out by name would take on human form and walk beneath them. The same El who knit together each person in his mother's womb would allow Himself to be knit together and walk among the very people He created.
The same El who said, "Let there be light" (Genesis 1:3), stood on the Mount of Olives and proclaimed, "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12).
The same El who blew His breath on a handful of dust, creating the first man (see Genesis 2:7), commanded the dead body of Lazarus, "Come out!" And he did, alive and well (see John 11:43-44).
The same El who delivered manna every morning to the Israelites in the wilderness (see Exodus 16) delivered food to the 5,000 with only five loaves and two fish (see Matthew 14:16-21).
The same El who parted the Red Sea supernaturally, rescuing His people from slavery (see Exodus 14), hung on the cross to rescue us from the slavery of sin (see John 3:16-17, Romans 6:17-18).
As you worship Jesus this Christmas, challenge yourself to see Him as He is. There is majesty in the manger. The baby in swaddling clothes is Mighty God. The Creator of the universe stepped into human skin because He loves you and it is His delight to bring you to Himself.
Prayer: Jesus, help me make the connection that You are the infinite, all-knowing, everlasting Mighty God. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"The Son is the image of the invisible God" (Colossians 1:15).
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