Scripture: Isaiah 9:60
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.
Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.
- Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hears and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- These verses tie up the meaning of Jesus’ birth. God came to us as a baby; a baby on whom the government would rest. This signified that the Lord is with us — we don’t have to be afraid! And it means that we can have the peace of God, and we can present requests to Him.
- Jesus has to be at the center of our lives –at the center of everything we do.
- It is only through Jesus that we can gain the peace of God, have our requests heard by the Lord, and strip away all of our fear.
Heavenly Father, thank you. This study has really — again — showed me what an incredible story we remember at Christmas. It also has shown me, yet again, that Jesus is what we need. You provided everything we needed — and continue to do so. Help me to lean on Jesus, to trust in the meaning of Christmas, and to keep these revelations alive all year. In Jesus’ name, Amen.