July 16, 2017
Enter the King!
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. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6-7
Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor. I can go to Him anytime for anything. He is never too busy. No appointment needed. He understands. He sympathizes with my weaknesses. He has been tempted and yet never gave in. His perfect counsel corrects my selfish thinking and gives guidance to my foolish heart.
Jesus is the Mighty God. All things were created by and for Him. Apart from Him, nothing was made that has been made. He touched blind eyes and they saw. He touched withered limbs and they were normal and healthy. He calmed the raging storm with His word. He raised the dead. He arose from the dead! He is fully God and fully man.
Jesus is the Everlasting Father. From everlasting to everlasting He is God. The Word became flesh in the manger, but there has never been a time when Jesus was not nor will there ever be a time when He is not.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He reigns as King and one day will bring peace to the Earth. But now He brings peace to the heart. He said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27).
For to us a child is born! Enter the King! Exit the darkness! The Light of the world has come!
Father, thank You for demonstrating Your love to me by sending Your Son--the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace--to die in my place on the cross. Help me to respond appropriately to such unfathomable love. In Jesus' name. Amen.