A reflection on Isaiah 9:6-7:
“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)
Sometimes we might laugh when something we said would happen, actually happens. You might think of a time when you guessed something would take place, or of the shock result of a team losing or winning, or even of the popularity of a certain thing diminishing in the space of a week that you had said would happen. But what we have in the Scriptures is truly astounding…
More than 2500 years before Jesus was born these words were recorded down by the prophet Isaiah. It was foretold to him by God that one would come who would not reign as king for even a century but forevermore. This One to come would not be like any king that had come before. He would not be a tyrant or oppressive to the poor and needy. He would not be greedy and half-hearted and dismissive to the cries of the weak. He would be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
When we read through the New Testament – written after Jesus’ death and resurrection – we learn of Him who fulfilled all these things. The Perfect King. The One who through His death made a way for each person to be brought into the eternal joy of relationship with God Almighty. The One who will one day return in the fullness of His glory to bring all those who are waiting for Him.
For the One who trusts in Jesus, their Saviour and King, there is no need for fear. His Kingdom is an everlasting kingdom that will never come to an end. For those who have found in Jesus full forgiveness and peace with God our end will not be death and punishment, but life and peace for ever in the presence of our King Jesus.