The Word of the Lord came unto Isaiah, the prophet, some 700 years before the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. He saw many great and marvelous things by the hand of God but nothing greater was what we will soon read about, and that is Jesus’s birth. For the Messiah was to come unto the world to 2“save His people from their sins”. Here is just one of the beloved prophesies He received concerning the coming Lord. It starts off with and reads, 1“for unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” What this prophesy means is that Child was not to be any ordinary man but God Himself. He voluntarily was born among men. Therefore, the people would know Him as the most Wonderful King of all, for He is ever true to His words. He was to be the best Counsellor a person could ask for, for His love never fails. The mighty God was to come and shine His light for all to see. 3He is called the everlasting Father, for everyone that believes in Him are His children. He would be known as the Prince of Peace, for everywhere he went, the piece of God came down upon the people.
The second half of this prophesy reads, 1“of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Our Lord God did come as the prophesy was made. Jesus was born of Mary and Joseph, whom was a descendant of David. The Lord Jesus grew in the stature of God and was the best teacher of all. People not only followed our Lord but He crowds of all kinds came to hear Him teach and perform miracles. And even though this appeared to come to a close at His death, while on the cross, it was just the beginning. After He suffered and died for our sins, His kingdom was set in motion and would never fail. His government was upon His shoulders and therefore would forever rule and reign in the heavens and earth. What stands out in this prophesy is the ending, where it reads, 1“the Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.” The people were in darkness and Jesus lit everything up. His peace filled people’s lives and will forever fill everyone’s lives that believe in Him. He is our Savior and Lord. Rejoice, for the Lord has come.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I am so grateful to know that You have come to save us from our sins. Thank You Lord. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. The people looked to a Messiah and You fulfilled their every wish. The Lord, whom they praised and adored did come. You are our Savior and Lord. I know that my salvation relies upon You. For You are the Mighty God, who saves. No one else has the power to save us. My heart and soul relies on You, my Wonderful Counselor. You are my Everlasting Father and I am so grateful to be allowed into Your fold. You are my God and I am Your son. Have Your way in my life, Lord. Lead me and guide me. Give me the counsel I need, in order to do what is right. Help me fight against temptation that I may be more than a conqueror. Usher in Your peace into my life and the lives of my family and friends. May Your light shine down upon me that I may go forth and be Your witness. I will go and do as You command. You are the light of my life and only You can bring me the happiness and joy that I need. I love You God. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Isaiah 9:1-8 (KJV)
1 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
4 For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.
5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
8 The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.
2Matthew 1:18-25 (KJV)
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.
3Galatians 3:24-29 (KJV)
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.