Words sung in Handel's Messiah.
Words printed on Christmas cards.
Promise to a World in despair......
as punishment from the God
she had forsaken for so long.
Gone were the days of plenty and peace.
Now there was bloodshed and fear and no hope
in the hearts of her people.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace."
I try to imagine what that meant for a people who had nearly forgotten the promise of Messiah.
A people who would not live to see Him born.
The people who would read it seven centuries later and still not understand the promise fulfilled.
The people who read it today and
do not know that
The Child has come and, as King,
is coming again.
God's people, the Jews, are still being persecuted and yet they do not understand that
the Child has already come.
They don't continue to the fact that this Child will have the government upon His shoulders and
will NEVER end.
in time and space.
Yet, Jesus, is eternal.
He set aside His glory and became trapped with us in time and space for 33 years.
But, do not doubt it.
He is the I AM.
He is on that throne.
although our world may appear to be spinning recklessly out of control,
it is not.
He sent His one and only Son
into the very midst of the
violence and turmoil and pain and sin-sickness.
The very One who sits upon that throne....
whose kingdom will never end......
that One, Jesus,
placed Himself into the midst of it all
as a helpless newborn baby....
confined Himself to frail human form.....
submitted Himself to death on a cross....
paid the penalty for your sin.....
and.....became that sin......
was raised in a glorified human body
three days later from the dead.....
and today, this day,
much more than we can ever sing about in our songs.
There is a Living God.
whom Isaiah saw.