Mmmm Grilled Japanese Scallop Sushi Mmmm
In Sydney, we have awesome, authentic Asian food!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College last semester, I ate mouthfuls of Old Testament.
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 Counsellor, 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 for ever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
Isaiah was an Old Testament Prophet that lived 700+ years before Jesus.
During this period the people of Israel & Judah turned away from God to worship idols.
Isaiah prophesied the consequences of the sin of his people.
Israel & Judah were soon invaded by foreign enemies resulting in mass exile.
During this time of judgement, there was still a glimmer of hope.
Isaiah prophesied that a Messiah would be born in the future to save his people.
We read about this Saviour in the passage above.
This leader would be descended from King David as blogged about in 2 Samuel.
His government would be marked by justice, righteousness and enduring peace.
This was in direct contrast to the war and conflict that surrounded Jerusalem.
Look at the incredible titles of this Messiah:
- Wonderful Counsellor
- Mighty God
- Everlasting Father
- Prince of Peace
It was obvious that this future leader was no ordinary earthly king or governor.
Nor was he a military warrior that would defeat the invading armies.
This Messiah is Jesus and he rules over a spiritual kingdom now and forever.
Australia recently elected a new government that has quickly caused controversy.
We will be sorely disappointed if we put our trust in earthly Prime Ministers.
Likewise we cannot find security in wealth and possessions that easily fade away.
Instead as we celebrate Christmas, let’s trust in Jesus who will never fail.
Place your hope in Jesus who has conquered death and sin once and for all.
Look forward to a kingdom where there is no more death, darkness, pain and crying.
- Who do you trust?
- Where do you find hope?
- What do you look forward to?
Consider Jesus this Christmas and stop worrying about financial security and materialism.
mmmm Bible mmmm
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