“... By way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, in Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined … For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be calledWonderful,Counselor,Mighty God,Everlasting Father,Prince of Peace.Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end...” Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
This glorious prophecy is one of the very moving passages in Handel's Messiah we hear at Christmas, which clearly declares the person and work of Jesus, our Light. He is promised as the world's Messiah and Savior, Son of God and Son of Man, God Himself as part of the Trinity, the reigning King for all eternity, and bringer of Peace and perfect leadership for “us”--the ones He came for. This is is what we celebrate!
In these troubled times, I often find myself praying the words of this passage. I need the Lord Jesus as my Peace. I need Him as my perfect Wisdom. I need Him to govern my life and the world around me. I need Him to carry the daily burdens of my life for me. I need Him to be the Light on my path.
“Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end...”! I can't say what comfort that brings to my heart. He is on the increase! His kingdom will prevail—in this world He loves.