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 greatness 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)
This prophecy from Isaiah opens with the birth of a child.
He would be born in a stable, laid by His virgin mother in a humble feeding trough.
The Word became flesh. God became human.
He did not have to. He was not obligated to. He willingly became like you and me.
Jesus is our unimaginably, mind-bendingly Wonderful Counselor.
Jesus is the indescribably just and righteous Mighty God.
Jesus is our sustaining, Everlasting Father, and He is the Prince of Peace who brings us shalom, who makes us whole.
The greatness of His kingdom and His being is eternal.
And yet He came into our sin-plagued midst, dwelt among us, and voluntarily gave His life so that you and I could experience the fullness of life.
And then, defeating darkness, He resurrected from the dead. Jesus is our risen and reigning King.
And yet we can still know Him intimately. He lives to intercede for us.
Because our Creator God’s zeal – His passion, His fervor, His jealous love for His people – knows NO bounds.
God loves you.
He loves you because He loves you because He loves you.
Don’t miss the jaw-dropping, earth-shaking, life-giving heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ this Christmas. And as His love transforms you, give it away. Unleash it on everyone you meet.
We serve a gloriously good God, friends.
With great joy and for His glory,