For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Food for Thought:
This is one of the most familiar passages of Scripture. Isaiah describes what Jesus will be like when he comes and what his reign will look like. This is a much different type of reign than the Israelites imagined of a militarily strong leader that would crush their enemies. Instead we are told that Jesus will be the Prince of Peace. When I think about Jesus, I think of the peace that he sought to offer individuals through his ministry of healing. He offered peace to those who had no peace. Think about someone who is yearning for peace this Christmas and reach out to them. Maybe you need to make peace with a friend, a loved one, a colleague, a child. Make sure that it happens this year.
God of all ages, in the birth of Christ your boundless love for your people shattered the power of darkness. Be born in us with that same love and light that our song may blend with all the choirs of heaven and earth to the glory of your holy name. Amen.