For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder. Isaiah 9:6
The gift was a child. A child born for us. The verse declares the recipients of the gift before revealing the gift. The three small words at the beginning, for unto us, reveal the heart of our Heavenly Father, whose first thought was for mankind, His beloved creation. For unto us, all who believe, God came down in a human form. Born to a virgin mother, the baby resembled us in every other way, feeling the cold air of the stable, hearing the sounds of people and animals, tasting mother's milk, and smelling the fresh hay in the manger.
Yet, human and divine, no other child ever born has been like Him. He was God's son, sent to redeem fallen mankind. He was GIVEN, inferring several things in just that one word. First, the gift had to exist before the giver, God, could give Him to us. It coincides with John 1:1-5 -
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Second, a gift is given without any requirements except acceptance. If you accept the gift of Jesus Christ as Savior, eternal life is forever yours. The ancient prophet's words are confirmed in 2 Timothy 1:10 -
This has now been made evident through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus,who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
Third, a gift reveals much about the relationship between the giver and receiver. The giver who loves the recipient will present a gift that fills a need, a hope, or a longing in the recipient. God saw how His beloved people struggled to fulfill the law and have a relationship with Him. Through His gift, God provided a way for all people to have a relationship with Him.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
There remains one part of the verse to be explained - "And the government will be upon His shoulder." We know that Jesus was never a politician, so did Isaiah get this part wrong? No, the government mentioned here is God's providential government by which all creation and all people are subject. This government is universal and yet, so particular that even the hairs on your head are numbered (Matt. 10:29-31). This heavenly government is unchangeable and embraces individuals even when they are unaware of it -
The Lord can control a king’s mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases. Proverbs 21:1
In the present age, God has put everything under Christ's control until the end of Christ's return when Christ shall give the government back to God.
As the Scriptures say, “God put everything under his control.” When it says that “everything” is put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself. God is the one putting everything under Christ’s control. After everything has been put under Christ, then the Son himself will be put under God. God is the one who put everything under Christ. And Christ will be put under God so that God will be the complete ruler over everything. 1 Corinthians 15:27-28
A baby in a manger, the Son of God, a king and a Savior. Jesus Christ. The greatest gift ever given or received.