The Doctor is In

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

Remember when you were a kid and you didn't feel good? Mom would always know what to do to fix you right up. Sore throat? Gargle some salt water. Headache? Lay down and put a cold compresses on your forehead. Feeling feverish? How about a lukewarm bath to cool you down. Mom always knew what to do to make you feel better, and if she didn't a trip to the doctor would certainly take care of it.

Wouldn't it be great if it was always like that. If whatever problem you had, mom could still fix it. Most of us would even settle for a quick trip to the doctor if it would alleviate what ails us. But we're not kids any more. Our problems are bigger. Harder to solve, even harder to fix. Sometimes we even discover we're the problem! How do you fix that?!?

God: "I have some ideas." (in His best Buddy the Elf voice).

Namely, His Messiah. A gift to us; for us. "A Child is born, a Son is given;" the Messiah.

Christmas is the season of gift giving for good reason. It rightly commemorates what happened on that first Christmas night, God gave us a gift, the gift; His Son. And to date, is it still the best gift anyone has ever given ever.

You see the Christmas story is not just the story of the giving of a baby, or even of a son, but of everything we would ever need ever. Perhaps that's why He has so many names; Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father, Almighty God. Whatever you need, whatever you need to be fixed, whatever ails you; this gift fixes it. Christ is God's Swiss army knife. Of the birth of Christ John chapter 1 says, "The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world." (John 1:9). A loose paraphrase might read, "The doctor is in." The Fixer is here. And this doctor is capable of healing anything and everything; even you, even death.

This Christmas, we do not simply celebrate the birth of a child, or even the giving of a son, but something bigger; the gift of a fixer; the Fixer. Competent and capable to fix whatever ails you; even if it's you. You are not beyond repair; the Doctor is in, the Fixer has come.