Isaiah 9:6 proclaimed the future coming of a Child. But not just any child. This one would carry the government of the worlds on His shoulders. He would be the Wonderful Counsellor, The mighty God, The Everlasting Father. . .the Prince of Peace.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Though Isaiah wouldn’t see the Prince of Peace during his earthly life, he prophesied about a future event to come just like he prophesied that the Messiah would be born of a virgin in Isaiah 7:14:
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Michal 5:2 predicted the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem:
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Moses wrote in Numbers 24:17, I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: There shall come a starre out of Iacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel. . .
Hundreds of Old Testament prophesies foretold the Messiah. The Old Testament prophets looked forward to the future event that would change the world. But they didn’t see it in their lifetimes.
And then. . .that miraculous moment happened. A Child was born to a virgin. God worked all the events together to fulfill His prophesies. Joseph, from the house of David, would take his betrothed Mary who was great with child to Bethlehem for a census because of a degree from Caesar Augustus. What are the chances!
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
In God’s amazing wisdom, the first to see the Child were not royalty, or the religious leaders at the time, but the lowly shepherds. I love that about God!
And throughout Jesus’ ministry, it was not the religious leaders who would come to him, but the lowly, those desperate for what Jesus offered – eternal life.
The Christmas season is upon us and its about to get busy. But I hope you keep in mind the greatest gift of all won’t be under our trees this holiday, but in our hearts.
With those simple words from Isaiah, the future was told. The God who created the universe would step into human history and change everything!
Merry Christmas Everyone!