Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Church Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.
Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness —
on them light has shined.
For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His authority shall grow continually,
and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time onward and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
Since the Child Has Been Born
Of course, this is one of the Old Testament passages we hear throughout the Christmas. Handel worked it into The Messiah, and there are plenty of cards that have at least one of these verses printed over a baby in a manger. And I think this is all very appropriate. I mean, whether this was intentional prophecy on the part of the Isaiah or a passage that we believe reflects the coming of the Christ, for Christians Jesus is the one described here. And I’ll tell you, so is the nature of his kingdom, one that moves in a direction that we don’t normally see in our world. You see, when we celebrate Christmas, we look at both who the child was and what he came to do.
But in the middle of all this celebration, we shouldn’t forget that the child was born over two thousand years before we were born. And with his coming also came his kingdom. And even though it hasn’t yet been completed here on earth as it is in heaven, we can surely apply it’s principles as we live right now. I mean, there’s no reason we shouldn’t strive for peace and justice and righteous. And because he has entered our world, there’s no reason we should continue to walk in deep darkness. You see, since the child has been born, we can reflect his light.