Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Wonderful, Redemptive Gift of God to His People through His Son

Isa 9:6 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. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Our verses of promise are surrounded with hopeless darkness. Surrounding God’s hopeful promise, we see the words: affliction, vexation, death, darkness, burden, oppression, confusion, noise, blood, burning, etc.

Here is where God's glorious promises shine brightest, against the blackest backgrounds. His most beautiful and aromatic roses appear among the prickliest thorns.

This Gift unfolds as a rose bud in Spring, evolving into greater splendor with each portion of the promise.

This Gift, like a precious diamond, supplies us with multifaceted wonder.

Earth's status quo causes the heart to sigh and the shoulders to slump. As promised so long ago, all creation is groaning and travailing in pain. Wars, violence, rioting, hatred and division weaken our spirits. From the depths of our souls, the saints cry out for healing and/or deliverance.

Onto this darkened canvas appears God’s brilliant promise of a Gift. And it comes in the form of a Child, a Son.

Please observe with me the facets of His jewel, the pedals of His rose:

A Child: Speaks of innocence and simplicity. “He was tempted in all points, like as we, yet without sin.”
A Son: Speaks of inheritance.
A Ruler: Speaks of His Authority. “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.”  Ps 45:6
A Name:
-Mighty God
-Everlasting Father
-Prince of Peace
A Government:
-Increase: speaks of its development
-Peace: speaks of its character
-No end: speaks of its perfection
-Throne: speaks of His right to rule
-Judgment and justice: speaks of its righteousness
A Zeal: speaks of the immanence of His kingdom.

Oh, troubled citizen of this gloomy, reeling world, be assured that the Child King born to Mary in the stable two thousand years ago in the midst of darkness, will come again to our sin-darkened world to establish His eternal kingdom. Until that radiant day, this wonderful Counsellor seeks admission to your black night to light illuminate it and to rule in righteousness upon the throne of your heart.