“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
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 9:6-7)
These verses are a prophesy to the birth of Jesus. The prophet Isaiah wrote these words hundreds of years in advance. These words brought hope. These words brought a longing for the coming Messiah. We see these words as a fulfillment and as a promise.
We have the fulfillment in the birth of Jesus. We have the promise that when He returns again that His kingdom will forever rule. During this Christmas season, let us remember the hope we have in the one who is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. And let us remember that He is in control and we can count on Him from this time forth and forevermore.
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall speak peace to the nations;
his rule shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.” (Zechariah 9:9-10)
The prophet Zechariah spoke to the Israelites and prophesied to them about the return that they will have to Jerusalem and that God will restore them. In the midst of this, he also prophesied about Jesus. In these verses, he speaks about the coming king who would ride into the city on a donkey. Fitting that on this Palm Sunday, we remember when Jesus did just that.
It is hard right now as we struggle through hard times. But we can look forward to the hope we have when Jesus will return. He will bring peace and His rule will span everywhere. In this season, let us cling to that hope.
“For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. ” Isaiah 30:19-20
As I was going through my devotions this week, I came across these verses and were encouraged. Here, the prophet Isaiah was speaking to the people of Judah. He had previously mentioned about what would take place and how the people would suffer (foreshadowing the future for the people) but here he reminds them of encouragement. Even in the midst of struggle and adversity, He is there. He hears their cries and is there for them.
The same is true for us today. When we go through adversity, He is there. If we look to Him we will find Him. If we cry out to Him, He will hear us. This week, just know that whatever adversity you may be going through, God is there. Call out to Him. Turn towards Him. Trust in Him and you’ll be comforted.