A Montrose Church Advent Devotional by Pastor Rick
Christmas Eve: Born to Reign in Us Forever
Today's reading: Isaiah 9:2-7
In Isaiah 2:4 we read about a time when the peoples of the world will "hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war." This is the kind of world God is shaping and forming because God is not about war; God is about peace – Shalom. Yet, at the same time, shalom seems so very far away from even a remote possibility in the world.
When Jesus came into the world He wore many hats, as it were. He was the Wonderful counselor, the Mighty God, the Eternal Father, and the Prince of Peace, Shalom (see verse 6). His influence would be a redemptive influence, an influence that took Him to the cross and ultimately manifested itself in His resurrection. One of the first things Jesus said to His frightened disciples after the resurrection was, "Shalom" (John 20: 21, 26). One of the last things He said to the apostle Peter before He was arrested was for him to put away his sword (see John 18:11).
Our Mighty God comes to us to break the yoke of [our] burden, to counsel us in the ways of peace, to wrap His arms around us, as does a loving Father, and to breathe His peace into our hearts, where peace seems so very far away. As we come to the day of His birth into history may we pray this wonderful prayer:
Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.
- Charles Wesley, 1944
"Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son." Hebrews 1:1-2a, NLT