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About-Him.Com Devotional 10-18-2013

Jesus, a Child Born and a Son Given

Isaiah 9:1 ¶  Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
2  The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

In Isaiah 9, the prophet looked 700 or so years into the future and saw a forgotten and neglected people in the area of Galilee, where the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali lived. These were simple folks who were far removed from the  established religious system in Jerusalem. They were not bound up in the legalisms of the Pharisees who looked down upon them as inferior. Nathanael demonstrated this bias when he doubted that any good thing could come out of Nazareth (Jn. 1:46).

God took note of these attitudes as He takes notice of any of our unholy attitudes today. Rather than coming into the world at a palace in Jerusalem, He entered this world at a simple manger in Bethlehem. He grew up in Nazareth and announced the beginning of His ministry at the synagogue He had attended there as a youth. It's worth noting that most of the spiritual revivals of the last few centuries have been among poor and simple folks whom the world considered ignorant and unlearned. I believe it's safe to say that they were just dumb enough to simple believe God and obey His word.

Luke 4:18  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent  me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Isaiah 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

When Isaiah prophesied of a child being born, he was speaking of the very One whom He had seen sitting on the throne of heaven, while the heavenly beings cried out in unison, "Holy, holy, holy, [is] the LORD of hosts: the whole earth [is] full of his glory (Is. 6:3; Jn. 12:41)."

Isaiah described Him as Wonderful and that He is. When we follow Him in the gospels and see the life of perfection that He lived, how else can we describe Him? When we examine His simple yet profound teachings, we are held in awe. We we read of His miracles, we can only exclaim with the songwriter, "Jesus, what a wonder you are."

He is indeed our Counselor of whom the apostle Peter said that we should cast all of our cares upon Him, because He cares for us (1 Pe. 5:7). He offers His rest to all who are weak and weary, if we will only come to Him (Mt. 11:28). He offers the same cleansing from sin to us that He offered to a woman taken in the act of adultery (Jn. 8:11).

Jesus is our one and only Mighty God.

John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.  

Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Jesus is the eternal Word of God who was in the beginning with God and was God. He was made flesh and dwelled among us and we beheld His glory as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (Jn. 1:1,14).  I comprehend the Word as being the very mind, thought, reason , will, and intellect of God (Jn. 1:1-3).

Jesus is the Creator of all things and by Him all things consist (Co. 1:16-17). All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made (Jn. 1:1-3).

Isaiah said that His name would be called, The Everlasting Father. Jesus told us  that He and the Father are One (Jn. 10:30).  When Phillip asked to see the Father, Jesus in effect said, .You're looking at Him. If you see me, you see the Father (Jn. 14:9).  I believe that Jesus is stating what Hebrews affirms; that He is the brightness of the Father's glory and the express image of His person (He. 1:3). When Jesus agonized in the garden, He cried out, "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was (Jn. 17:5)." I believe that Jesus here is expressing His desire for a restoration of His preincarnation state of being, where He was glorified with the Father's own self and  shared an  inseparable unity with Him. Jesus desired to be glorified again with the glory that God said He would not give to another (Is. 42:8).

Jesus is our Prince of Peace. He is the root or progenitor of David and also His offspring (Re. 22:6) The world will know no peace until He reigns upon the throne of His son David. This will fulfill the promise of God to David in Psalms 130:2 that of the fruit of David's body, He would sit upon David's throne. Peter affirmed this in Acts 2:30.

Isaiah 9:7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah 11 gives a gives us a vivid picture of Jesus when He reigns and rules from David's throne in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 11:1 ¶  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
3  And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4  But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5  And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
6  The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7  And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8  And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice. den.
9  They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
10 ¶  And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

What a day that will be. As the song says:

What a day that will be, When my Jesus I shall see
When I look upon His face, the One who saved me by His grace
And forever I will be, with the One who died for me
What a day, glorious day that will be
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