To Us a Child Is Born

David Bast

Read: Isaiah 9:1-7

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given. (v. 6)

Human kings proclaim their pride and cruelty in the titles by which they are known—“Ivan the Terrible,” “William the Conqueror,” “Alexander the Great.” But the child whose birth Isaiah foretells would be a very different sort of ruler. Just how different is shown by his titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The Messiah, the true King, would have no need of counselors or advisers because he would possess in himself all the wisdom he needed. Unlike leaders whose great plans can be frustrated by the lack of the wherewithal to carry them out, the Messiah’s plan of salvation would be powered by the omnipotence of God himself. His love and care would be those of the everlasting Father. Best of all, he would reign as the Prince of Peace. His kingdom would not be built on the foundation of war and conquest, like the kingdoms of the world. It would come to be established through invincible love. He would conquer his enemies not by killing them but by dying for them.

Human rulers come and go, the good and bad alike. Human nations rise and fall, even the mightiest of them. The Messiah’s reign will bring peace, worldwide shalom—that wonderful state where everything has been put to rights and everyone is flourishing. And of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end. —David Bast

As you pray, ask the Prince of Peace to bring shalom—to your life, family, community, and to the world.