Isaiah 9:6 ~ 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.
There are many stories in history which allude to politicians and royalty posing as commoners in order to come close to the people they serve. Stories such as:
- The Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, who worked incognito as a taxi driver in Oslo. He wanted to hear what real Norwegian voters thought about him and his policies.
- King Henry V of England travelled among his troops dressed as an ordinary soldier to assess their mood before the Battle of Agincourt in which the French outnumbered the English six to one.
- Peter the Great of Russia spent several years touring Western Europe, often dressed as an ordinary worker, to learn the skills he wanted to take home.
- King James V of Scotland occasionally laid aside his royal robe and dressed as a peasant. This allowed him to move freely about the land, making friends and entering into their difficulties, learning to understand their challenges, sympathizing with them in their sorrows. When he returned to his throne, he was able to rule with more wisdom, compassion and mercy.
When Christ came in the flesh, He too wanted to draw close to those He served. But when He came there was one striking difference - He didn’t wear a disguise. Instead of hiding who He was, He came in order to reveal Himself to us. This is a love story of Divine proportions, a story describing the wonders of His care and concern:
- God leaving the comfort of unspeakable joy, to bear all our sorrows…
- God leaving the love and adoration of all creation, to face the rejection of His own people…
- God leaving the bliss of perfect happiness, to bear all our grief and pain..
All this for you…
Receiving the Gift of His Presence,