“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”
This great and well-known prophecy precedes the glorious words that leave us in no doubt about its subject,
“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 Counsellor, 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.”
And now, with the birth of Christ, it is to be fulfilled.
We, who have the benefit of looking back over the life of Jesus and with ready access to the Scriptures, can see the marvellous and majestic plan of God unfolding before us. Jesus, the Son of God, enters the world to be its Saviour and its Lord and King. He has taken history in His mighty grasp and is shaping it to His own ends. His will is to be done on earth as it is done in heaven.
Although His enemies rose up against Him and crucified Him these words rang out above Him, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” (John 19:19). He was then to confound them by rising again and ascending in glory to the right hand of God. He will truly “reign … forever” and “His kingdom will never end.”
Whatever humankind may do to try and establish a self-centred independence is held between the boundaries set by God. He is both the beginning and the end. Man’s efforts will be doomed to tragic failure. God’s intentions will be revealed in glorious fulfillment – a fulfillment of love, grace and power that is already revealed in Christ for those with the eyes to see.
Ask God to increase your belief and your faith in Him.
Come Lord Jesus, today and every day, into my heart and into my life and living. Amen.