"So Much More"Stuart Jones No matter if we are young or old, or in between, we have memories of Christmas. What are those memories made of? Presents, joy, anticipation, excitement; the list of Christmas memories could go on and on. While Christmas is about many things, the greatest of these is hope. Christmas is about the hope of a son, the Son of God, coming to save the world. This hope was revealed well before Christmas day. Isaiah the prophet proclaimed, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.“ Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) The arrival of the King would be joyous, but foretold more than the victory that would come. The child would not live a long life. This King of Kings would bear the weight of the world. This Lamb of God would be tortured and die a gruesome death. As Isaiah promised of this King, “He will reign on David’s throne and over His kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.” Isaiah 9:7 (NIV) The King would bring freedom, an everlasting freedom, for all. This victory was hard for the Israelites to understand, it was a victory that was difficult to measure during the time of His life and it’s often a victory we do not reflect upon at Christmas time or in our own time. During this season of Christmas—remember it is about hope.