Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
Christmas is one of the main times of the year that people receive presents, the other occasion being a birthday. I remember when I was a child that my first response about the presents I would receive was based on the size of the present. When it was my birthday or Christmas, and presents were coming my way, I would look to see how big the package was. If the package was big I expected a big gift, and if the package was small I would almost get disappointed. But, I learned over the years that a present does not have to be big to be good, good things come in small packages too.
At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus, this was God's greatest gift to the world. But, when Jesus arrived on the earth it was not with a lot of fanfare or some big elaborate display of majesty. When Jesus came to the earth He came as a baby, not as the conquering king that most of the Jews were looking for. The birth of Jesus was not what many people expected for the arrival of the Heavenly King. People knew about Isaiah 9:6, but they mainly focused on the second part of the verse that talks about Jesus ruling and reigning and not the part about the Child being born; but good things do come in small packages.
Jesus' humble birth and beginnings on the earth were no reflection of His true identity or destiny. Just like many people only expect big things from big packages, many people miss the real significance of Christmas because they focus on the baby born in the manger. We talk about angels. wise men, and a baby and sometimes miss the real importance of Christmas. This Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Jesus let's make sure we don't forget that Christmas not only marks the arrival of Jesus in a small package but it also signifies the arrival of our Savior; He is Wonderful, Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!