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 called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6
Many of us find it hard to read those words without hearing Handel’s Messiah in our mind. That magnificent music beautifully captures the glorious promise and rich truth of these ancient words.
Israel hoped for, longed for, waited for a messiah who would prove victorious over her military oppressors. Israel anticipated a messiah who would bring peace on earth.
God’s Messiah — Jesus, His Son — would prove victorious over a greater enemy: sin. God’s Messiah would also bring a much greater peace: reconciliation between God and man.
Christ can indeed bring peace to any situation.
The most difficult circumstance, the most ruthless enemy, the deepest pain — none of these is beyond Christ’s reach. He can calm your heart and mind. No one brings peace like Jesus.
What do you need from the Messiah right now? A counselor? A mighty God? A Prince of peace? The Messiah will be all those in your life and much more. He is God’s answer to every need in your life.
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For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased! — Luke 2:14
Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift. — 2 Corinthians 9:15
When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. — Matthew 2:10
Joy to the World!
by Isaac Watts
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King.
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.
He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love, and wonders of His love,
And wonders, and wonders of His love.
(Source: Henry Blackaby)