Hope in the Prince of Peace
Verse 6 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.
As we close this week of hope we turn to one of the many prophesies given through Isaiah. Receiving so many prophesies about the coming Messiah must have built great hope in the heart of Isaiah and the people of Israel. There was likely some things that seemed impossible from their human understanding. Things like the virgin birth would have been a complete mystery to them. But our God works out of the impossible.
If it had been humanly possible then there would be no need for hope. They could have tried to get the plans going and try to make it happen in their lifetime. But God didn’t plan for the Messiah to come during their lives. His plan was much greater. He needed His people to have a growing hope for what He was going to do. The people would need to go through the discipline of being exiled for their disobedience to God. This hope of a coming rescuer would have been something to hold onto during the time of separation from the Promised Land.
The various titles listed in this prophecy in Isaiah would give a hope to God’s people that would, when rightly understood, give them a clearer picture of the eternal nature of the Messiah. This list would point directly to Jesus being God. For God alone was the Mighty God and Everlasting Father.
We have the advantage of looking back at the first coming of the Messiah. We know the miraculous events that revealed Him as the Messiah, the Promised One of God. We know of His virgin birth and the miracles He did during His ministry. We know of His death and resurrection. In fact, it is our knowledge of His resurrection that gives us the hope we have for His second advent. Because He is God, we know that His promise of coming back is truth. We don’t know when He will return but we have hope in the Prince of Peace!
Making It Personal
What does knowing that Jesus is God mean to your hope for the future? Do you know what He is wanting you to do as you live out the hope of His return? What can you do today to show your hope in Him?
Making It Personal Kids
Why does knowing that Jesus is God give you reason to hope in Him? Does knowing that Jesus promised to come back for His people give you hope? What does Jesus want you to do as you live out hope for Him?
Father, thank You for the hope that is ours because of Your promises about Jesus coming again. Give us the desire to live as You would have us live as we await Your return. May our lives bring others to a place of hoping in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.