Saturday, December 24, 2011
UPON HIS+ SHOULDER............... Tying Together HIS+ Nativity and The TREE+
Unto us a SON+ is given:
and the government
shall be UPON HIS+ SHOULDER...
... Isaiah 9:6, A
In ONE VERSE in the prophet Isaiah, the INCARNATION of the Eternal SON+ of GOD and what HE+ came to accomplish is set forth TOGETHER... tying together the Nativity and the Cross+ of JESUS CHRIST.
Tertullian (c. 160-240 A.D.) writes about this Nativity Passage... and ties it to The TREE** , i.e., the Cross of Our LORD JESUS CHRIST... **not the "Christmas" Tree.
Listen to this famous Early Christian's words. Tertullian says:
Similarly, again, Isaiah says: "For a child is born to us , and to us is given a son." What novelty is that, unless Isaiah is speaking of the "SON" of GOD?... and one is born to us, the beginning of whose government has been made "on HIS+ shoulder."
What king in the world wears the ensign of his power on his shoulder, and does not bear either diadem on his head , or else sceptre in his hand, or else some mark of distinctive vesture?
But the novel "King of ages," CHRIST JESUS, alone reared "on HIS+ shoulder" HIS+ own novel glory, and power, and sublimity, ... the cross, to wit: that, according to the former prophecy, the LORD thenceforth "might reign from the TREE. (Psalm 96:10)*"
from The Writings of Tertullian, ANF Vol. 3, I. Apologetic: , Section 7, "An Answer to the Jews", Chapter 10, p. 166, second printing edition, 1995.
* This phrase from the tree... was removed from the text, although the Early Church writers quoted it, being familiar with it. See footnote, that same page in Vol. 3, ANF.