…And Light in the Darkness, 2 of 3

For a child will be born to us,
a Son will be given to us….[1]
~ Isaiah

The child was born—born for the benefit of us—sinners—of all believers, from the beginning to the end of the world.

The Son was given—For Jehovah God so deeply loved mankind—His enemy—that He gave….

And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
To establish [His kingdom] and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
from then on and forevermore.[2]

He is Wonderful, for He is both God and man. His love is the wonder of angels and glorified saints.

He is the Counselor, for He knew the counsels of God from eternity; and He gives counsel to those who consult Him.

He is the Wonderful Counselor; none teaches like Him.

He is God, the Mighty One.

Such is the work of the Mediator, for no less a power than that of Almighty God could bring it to pass.

He is God, one with the Father.

As the Prince of Peace, He reconciles us to God; He is the Giver of peace in the heart and to the conscience.[3]

Without the gospel of Jesus Christ, we walk in darkness; when the gospel comes to any place—to any soul—light comes. Jesus’ good news brings joy; but if we want to experience that joy on a daily basis, we must be willing to give up doing nothing—just as a wine-maker must work the vineyard before he can bottle the joy of the harvest, or an infantry Marine endures crushing training, fatigue, and combat before he experiences the thrill of duty done well.
You’re kidding? I have something to do with whether or not I experience joy?


[1] Isaiah 9.6a, nasb
[2] Isaiah 9.6b-7a, nasb
[3] This paragraph and the following, based on Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible. Isaiah 1. Accessed on eSword Version 7 available at www.e-sword.net.

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