Christmas Devotional | Day 17
December 18, 2017
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 | To Us a Son is Given
Isaiah prophesied that a son of David would bring salvation and that His kingdom would be everlasting.
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.
Largely unnoticed by the world, there, in Bethlehem, lay God's plan to rescue His sinful people. As unexpected as this plan sounds, it's actually one that God foretold centuries earlier. In spite of His people's rebellion, God had determined to pour out His grace on them.
Isaiah spoke of a "child" to be born, a "son" given to rescue God's people. This child would surpass all others who had come before Him, for He would be called "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Such titles are only appropriate for God's fully divine Son. If you've been following the Christmas story, then it should come as no surprise that this promised One, this Messiah, was Jesus.
Isaiah also tells us that this promised child would be a son from David's royal line and that His kingdom would have no end. In contrast to the many wicked rulers in Israel's history, this King would be known for His righteousness and justice. He would be the Savior God's people did not deserve but so desperately needed.
Even though God's people, Israel, had rebelled against Him, God planned to rescue them by sending a child who would become an everlasting King. This child would one day rule God's people with righteousness and justice. He would be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. This King from David's line would provide salvation for Israel and for the world.
What is the danger of looking to earthly rulers for our hope and protection? How is Christ's rule different from these other rulers?
For Kids: What makes Jesus such a great King? (Remind children that King Jesus is fully God and that He is powerful, righteous, merciful, just, etc.)
Ask God to help you submit to Christ's rule in all areas of your life.
For Further Reading
Read more about Isaiah's prophecy of the coming Messiah in Isaiah 11:1-10.
"But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities . . ."
Practical Response - Pray for the Persecuted
In addition to praying for the unreached, we should also remember to pray for brothers and sisters in Christ who are facing opposition for their faith. Pray that God would sustain their faith and empower their witness to Christ. For more on the persecution of Christians across the world, visit opendoorsusa.org.
Devotional credit: Radical, Inc.