e martë, 9 tetor 2007

Isaiah 9:2-7 (cont.)

Passage: 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 of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

Journal: On Saturday, we discussed that Christ was a Wonderful Counselor and Mighty God. We will now look at the other two descriptions given Christ by Isaiah in his prophecy.

3) Everlasting Father -- This description is not to say that Christ is usurping the Father's role in the first person of the Trinity. Rather, the apparent literal translation is "Father of Eternity." That is, the rule of Christ will be everlasting. His kingdom will never end and no force can prevail upon it. It is enduring. It is eternal. He is indeed everlasting and worthy of praise.

4) Prince of Peace -- Apparently, the word "prince" as translated means "commander." Christ is our commander and deserves our allegiance, obedience and reverence. His command, His leadership, brings "peace." The child born into the world brought "peace to men on whom His favor rests." (Luke 2:14) When He rose from the dead, He greeted His disciples with "Peace be with you!" (John 20:19) The peace that was lost in the Garden of Eden was found on the cross at Calvary. What is this peace? It is the provision to overcome our sinful separation from all that is good and worthy. It is the provision to avoid an eternal misery found in the pursuit of self. It is the provision of God's glory in Christ, and the joy of the child of God in the pursuit of living for His great glory. There is indeed peace in Christ.