Yesterday’s post left us reflecting on the child born to us as “a gift of divine grace to sinners.”
Still a bit overwhelming to think that we, as messed up as we are, can call on Christ, our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace, isn’t it?
But, we’re going to move ahead one verse to look at the final part of the prophecy of Isaiah 9.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
(Isaiah 9:7 ESV)
This child, who comes from the royal line of David, establishes a never ending kingdom of peace, filled with endless, expanding grace. It’s a kingdom characterized by justice and righteousness that can only be achieved by the Lord himself.
Don’t read that too quickly.
Peace. Grace. Justice. Righteousness. Everlasting. Ever-expanding. For all people.
Can I be honest?
It puts me to tears.
The image is just that beautiful.
Today, I heard of a young, 14-year old blogger in Pakistan who was shot in the head for daring to stand up for her rights. In a CNN interview in 2011, she said, “I have the right of education. I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up.”
Not to mention, the crime log in the local paper.
And the stories of the addicted, the broken homes, the poor, the sick.
And I want to know what’s going on.
To mix metaphors and scramble similies, if this train is bound for glory, I’m the kid in the back seat yelling, “Are we there yet?”
We’re not there yet.
One day the child of Isaiah 9:6 will return as the triumphant king of Revelation. Then, the kingdom envisioned in Isaiah 9:7 will come in its fullness.
We see glimpses of it here now.
We work to see more of it now.
And, believe tonight that the kingdom is expanding. One by one, it is expanding.
Somewhere, someone living in darkness is seeing a great light.
For unto them, a child has been born …