Isaiah 9:1-6

730ish years before Christmas, through the mouth of the prophet Isaiah, God gave astonishing details about the incredible salvation that birth of the Child, the Son, would signal. It would be a salvation that would be something people WATCHED and ENJOYED rather than something they DID. They were reminded that this salvation was from God's judgement that they actually deserved. YET the Child's birth would signal a salvation where God would turn what was meant for their PUNISHMENT instead use it to give them JOY. The salvation that the birth of Jesus SIGNALLED was ACCOMPLISHED by His death on the cross when He broke the Rod of our Judgment by being broken by it.