Christmas Reflections 2022 - Day 3
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. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. 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. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)
The book of Isaiah chapter 9 dispels the gloom that ends 8:22 and replaced it with the light of the promised Messiah. Isaiah. 9:6 declared to us the humanity of the Messiah - a child is born and also the deity – a Son is given of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Isaiah, from that point, moved forward to talk about the Kingdom age and talking about when the Messiah will reign and the kind of reign that will be put in place. He will reign in righteousness and with justice. The promise of God to the Davidic dynasty that the throne would forever be established (2 Samuel 7:16) is fulfilled literally in Jesus Christ by this prophecy.
In Isaiah 9:6-7, the Messiah is described in various terms: Wonderful Counselor- he has the wisdom to rule justly and he can execute his wise plans. So as we look at this, we find God's promise again here being fulfilled - the promise of the redeemer and we are told what the redeemer has come to do, so we need to understand that he was wonderful in his birth, he was wonderful in his death and was wonderful also in his Resurrection.
He's described as a counsellor. As a counsellor he understands us, he cares and is compassionate to meet us at our very point of need. With him, nothing is impossible.
In Isaiah 9:7, the Bible says "of the increase of his government and Peace there will be no end."
That this kingdom is magnificent- a government that brings peace to the world. In his own Kingdom, he rules with justice and his reign is not like the reign in the world where there is injustice where there is wickedness where there is evil. His reign is both righteous and just.
What is the implication of the coming of the promised Redeemer? We are not left in the dark about God's love for the world and God's provision of a leeway out of Satan's plan of putting us in permanent bondage.
The Redeemer's coming was to set us free, grant us peace and cause us to reign with him in a kingdom that is serene even while we are still on this part of eternity.
While we await his final coming, let us be reminded that in a time like this; we should look up to the mighty God and Prince of Peace in whom all that we need to live is embedded. Doing this will set our lives in the right path of being with him.
Today, the Prince of Peace calls you into an intimate relationship with him.