The book of Isaiah is well known for its forward vision of the coming Messiah. Our passage today is very recognizable, as we talk about it nearly every Christmas.
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. Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)
As much as I love the hope this verse brings, today I want our focus to be on verses 2-4:
2 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.
3 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.
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. (ESV)
I love these verses because it helps make sense as to what the Messiah would do. It’s great passage for us to meditate on today, as we reflect on who Jesus is and what he’s done on our behalf. He has brought us from darkness into light; He has increased our joy; He has lifted the burden of sin off of us (Matthew 11:28-30).
How have you experienced Jesus being the fulfillment of those things in your life? When is the last time you paused, reflected on these qualities of Jesus, and simply thanked Him for saving you?
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice