For Us: A Child, A Kingdom, Peace

stockvault-mont-saint-michel138300I love reading Isaiah 9:6-7b during Advent, but I felt sad that familiarity can rob such a beautiful passage of its magnificence. I determined to spend time meditating on the words and share the blessings of that quiet time with you.

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.
Of the increase [greatness] of his government and peace
there will be no end.

Isaiah does not say the child is born to a virgin–isn’t that curious? Rather, he writes that a child is born to us. He is given to us. This birth was not about Mary, it was about us. It’s only about Mary insomuch as she’s one of us. He was born for the sake and salvation of humanity.

The child who was to be born would carry the government, the ruler-ship of the world, on His shoulders. When we think of carrying a burden on our shoulders, we think of a weight, heaviness. But it would not be a burden for Him, but a high calling and position of power and majesty. He is ruler of a Kingdom and we are invited into its citizenship. As ruler He is:

Counselor, God, Father, Prince—Holy Spirit, Father, Son. This is familiar to us, as are the descriptive words Isaiah uses, but take a moment to meditate on those words:

  • Wonderful—full of wonder; magnificent, superb, breathtaking, amazing, astonishing, fantastic, brilliant, great—we will never grasp the fullness of His wonder. Rather than be satisfied at revelations of His wonder, we will only long for more revelations.
  • Mighty—powerful, strong, potent, great, grand–nothing is beyond His ability, outside His power, too great for His might.
  • Everlastingever-lasting; lasts, doesn’t fade—eternal, endless, ceaseless, never-ending, perpetual, undying, unending; as opposed to temporary, short-lived, passing. His reign and supremacy isn’t temporary. It never becomes less, is never threatened, never wavers.
  • Peace—calm, quiet, stillness, tranquility, harmony, serenity; not chaotic or turbulent, no upheaval. In all situations, at all times He brings peace. He is ever in control of time and events.

There is no end to the increase, or greatness, of His government or its peace. There is never a disruption or lull; never a government coup. No one can usurp His power or overtake His position. His government ever grows and increases until the day comes when all things will be under His feet.

So, yes, a Savior was born in Bethlehem… and what a Savior He is–a wonderful Counselor, mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace of a Kingdom without end.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maude Carolan Pych
    Dec 23, 2014 @ 17:41:20

    Beautiful, Barbara. “Born to us!” If you stopped right there, I would still have been blessed. Thank you for your wonderful insights.

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  2. Barbara Ruglio
    Dec 24, 2014 @ 10:46:16

    Thank you for this. Beautiful reminder of how awesome our Savior is. Merry Christmas!

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