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Unto us this day is given…

given by birth to man God’s Son,

that salvation for all men did show

God’s tender mercy not undone,

Emmanuel was come, not in glory,

but that man God’s own are we served…

should serve to deliver us from sin’s

power, by His grace known we’re preserved,

not what deserved shall then we know

but His mercies tender and full,

hard to realize this truth… He came

to die for us, unrealized… left us a fool,

heard by shepherds the bounty of heaven’s

story, glory by angels told to man,

not even to hide this truth, to shout it

from rooftops, news of God’s holy plan.

Mankind thinks they need to reach for God (they do) but it is a picture (here) of God reaching for man, didn’t you know?

[The words below are from here, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible, and this from Isaiah 9]

The Son that should be born, and his kingdom. (1-7) The judgments to come upon Israel, and on the enemies of the kingdom of Christ. (8-21)

Those that want the gospel, walk in darkness, and in the utmost danger. But when the gospel comes to any place, to any soul, light comes. Let us earnestly pray that it may shine into our hearts, and make us wise unto salvation. The gospel brings joy with it. These great things for the church, shall be done by the Messiah, Emmanuel.

The Child is born; it was certain; and the church, before Christ came in the flesh, benefitted by his undertaking. It is a prophecy of him and of his kingdom, which those that waited for the Consolation of Israel read with pleasure. This Child was born for the benefit of us men, of us sinners, of all believers, from the beginning to the end of the world. Justly is he called Wonderful, for he is both God and man. His love is the wonder of angels and glorified saints. He is the Counsellor, for he knew the counsels of God from eternity; and he gives counsel to men, in which he consults our welfare. He is the Wonderful Counsellor; none teaches like him. He is God, the mighty One. Such is the work of the Mediator, that no less power than that of the mighty God could bring it to pass. He is God, one with the Father. As the Prince of Peace, he reconciles us to God; he is the Giver of peace in the heart and conscience; and when his kingdom is fully established, men shall learn war no more.

Glorious things are spoken of Christ’s government. There is no end to the increase of its peace, for the happiness of its subjects shall last for ever. The exact agreement of this prophecy with the doctrine of the New Testament, shows that Jewish prophets and Christian teachers had the same view of the person and salvation of the Messiah. To what earthly king or kingdom can these words apply? Give then, O Lord, to thy people to know thee by every endearing name, and in every glorious character. Give increase of grace in every heart of thy redeemed upon earth.

[Below is found in the ‘Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)‘]

throne of David

The “throne of David” is a phrase as definite, historic, historically, as “throne of the Caesars,” and as little admits of “spiritualizing.” Luke 1:32Luke 1:33 . See “Kingdom (O.T.). (See Scofield “Zechariah 12:8“). “Davidic Covenant,” See Scofield ” 2 Samuel 7:16 “, Acts 15:14-16 .

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The leaders of the people misled them. We have reason to be afraid of those that speak well of us, when we do ill. Wickedness was universal, all were infected with it. For that which God designs, in smiting us, is, to turn us to himself; and if this point be not gained by lesser judgments, greater may be expected. The people turn not to Him who smites them, therefore he continues to smite: for when God judges, he will overcome; and the proudest, stoutest sinner shall either bend or break.

John 8:12 KJV

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12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

2 Corinthians 4:4 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/2-corinthians/4-4.html

4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

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