JESUS OUR KING
As we get to the tail end of the year we focus a lot on the first coming of Jesus and start the new year with the hope of Jesus as our foundation. When we become Christians we tend to forget that the reason why we are called “Christians” is because we are to be like Christ as His disciples. We tend to think that heaven is the goal but don’t realize that all that we do is not for the sake of heaven but for the sake of Jesus and that heaven is a place but is also a relationship with Jesus that is not hindered by sin. Let it be known that Jesus is the reason for the season of Christmas and that the reward for following Jesus is Jesus!
So unto today’s passage.
2 [c] The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
The Old Testament or the Hebrew Testament is originally written in Hebrew. When you look at the english version, you see that everything in verse two is written in the past tense. When you wanted to describe something that will happen with absolute certainty in the future, the Hebrew writer would write it in the past tense to tell the reader that what will happen in the future is as sure to happen as if it already did! You can’t change the past because it has already happened so with that same type of certainty, the writer is saying that those who walk in the darkness will have the light of God shine upon them.
This is our hope now in Christ but should also be our hope for those who are still apart from Christ. We hope that the light of the world will shine upon people who are blinded by the world.
Take Away: God will shine His light and His justice will prevail in the end!
You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
Isaiah is talking about the future Messiah (Jesus) that will do all these things when He comes. When Jesus establishes himself as King fully in the second coming, we will see much rejoicing. There two aspects of rejoicing that is being described.
Take Away: In Jesus there is joy and be encouraged that hardship now is not hardship forever in Christ.
4 For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
The shepherd uses both the rod and the staff to protect and guide his sheep. The rod was used to beat back any of the wolves that would harm the sheep and the staff was used to guide them. God will break the rod and staff of the enemy that has been falsely guiding and beating down His people! The enemy through temptations, offer guidance and peace but only guides you into pain, suffering, and oppression. Only Jesus and our commitment to follow Him will not only break off the enemy but also ensure its continual breaking for a lot of times we put back on what God has broken off! Let Jesus be your shepherd by obeying His words!
Take Away: The temptations of this world will seem like good guides but only Jesus will guide you to a life of freedom.
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[d] his shoulder,
and his name shall be called[e]
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 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.
God is sending Himself to take care of the people and lead them for no human leader can do it quite like God can! This is how it should have been but in Israel’s history, they demanded a human king to rule over them so that they can be like the rest of the world. God gave them their sinful request but later redeems this request by giving them a king in Jesus. Where human kings have failed, the divine king known as Jesus will prevail! Jesus is the example of what a redeemed desire of man looks like because the people get a physical king that they can experience but they also establish back as their ruler God Himself.
Take Away: When given to God, God redeems our desires to both glorify Him and please our hearts.