Isaiah 9:2-7 (NIV)

In dark, dark days, when the ‘Assyrian nation was sweeping through Israel in the North, (the nation is divided into Israel in the north and Judah to the south) God’s people in Judah are given a bright vision of hope. Isaiah provides this vision of light in one of the best known passages in the Bible.

First we read of a nation victorious as it emerges from war, in verses 2-5. God opens a new future for his people. There will be increased joy.

Then we read the remarkable prophecy of the child. “For to us a child is born.” This refers to Immanuel, God with us, mentioned in Chapter 7 of Isaiah. The child is the Messiah who will usher in an age of peace and righteousness, as we read in verse 7.

At the heart of this vision of light and hope, we learn of the divine qualities of the child, “And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

As Wonderful Counselor, he is all wise and counsels all those whom he loves, in the way of life. As Mighty God, he protects his people. As Everlasting Father, he cares for his followers. As Prince of Peace, he brings lasting peace.

We celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus, the Lord who is far greater than we can imagine or even fathom. This passage in Isaiah helps enlarge our understanding of just how great and wonderful Jesus truly is as our Savior. May you have a blessed, renewing, and meaningful Christmas celebrating the Savior.

Prayer: Amazing God, we thank you that even in dark, dark times you bring the light of your love and grace into our world. We are most grateful for the life, love, and light of Christ Jesus given to us and to all the world. Sustain us and all of your people through your Spirit and presence. Lift the darkness of the Pandemic and sorrow of all sin. We make this prayer in Jesus name, Amen.