Hi friends! As we approach Christmas Day, let’s turn our thoughts to the One who came the first time as a Servant, but will someday return as our King.
The prophet Isaiah foretold of a coming King in Isaiah 9:6:
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Sure enough, a child was born…but the government did not rest on His shoulders. That is what caused such consternation for the Jewish people. They were looking for a ruler…someone to rescue them from the tyranny of Roman rule. Yet Jesus, when He was born, grew to become a servant, not the knight in shining armor the Jews expected.
So, what are we to make of the promise in Isaiah 9:6? The child (Jesus) was born, but the government did not rest on His shoulders. To make matters worse, He went away!
The prophecy only makes sense if we understand that it is not completely fulfilled yet. Indeed, Jesus was born. We know that from historical record, and it was recorded clearly in Luke:
Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
But one day, that child born in a manger will return, not as servant this time, but as King! The government will rest upon His shoulders when He fulfills the Davidic Covenant during the Millennium, taking His seat upon the throne. He will be worshipped as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Zechariah 14:16-17, Revelation 19:16)
So this Christmas, let’s call His name Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. Honor Him, praise Him and worship Him today!