The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. 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 increase 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 9:2-7
The birth of Jesus was indeed a miracle beyond words. Jesus didn’t come with trumpets sounding, the earth shaking, flying down from the sky. He came as a tiny baby needing support and nurture from His mum like every child that is born. This baby however, changed the course of History. This morning, let’s take time to worship this King, the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords.
As I initially read the beginning of this chapter, I honestly didn’t register what was being said before verse 6 of which we all can recite year after year. During the time that Jesus was born the people were living in an era of darkness. People were lonely, carrying burdens that were far too hard to carry on their own, and they were in misery. How much of this sounds like today? We see so much sadness, pain, and loneliness around us. In our western world, so many things and people try to vie for our attention. The focus has come away from God, we don’t rejoice with joy; Christmas just seems like another holiday to put in our diaries. Whenever we tune into the telly footballers, pop singers and soaps such as dare I say, Coronation Street, Eastenders, and Casualty all get our attention. Money (lack of or too much), friends, and family can keep our focus off of God. Christmas just seems to be another one of those things where we can go mental and spend lots of money and eat too much with just a hearing and reading of the Christmas story from the Bible. So why, why do we even bother?
Jesus came into darkness as the Light of the World. Those who are living in the shadow of death, Jesus brings healing and wholeness and is like the morning light that has dawned. Jesus brings joy, that joy is unspeakable, it gives people the reason to rejoice even in difficult circumstances. When is the last time we rejoiced? Jesus said He would take our burdens, all we have to do is lay them down at His feet, for He cares for us. Jesus defeated the oppressor when He died and rose again, and gave us victory over Satan. Why?
Because of verses 6 and 7, Christ was born! He was given to us as a Wonderful Counsellor who will listen to us and give us comfort when we need it. He listens to all of our needs and concerns. He gives us peace that breaks down every wall. He is our Mighty God, nothing is too big or impossible to Him. Another word for Mighty is Hero, Jesus is our Hero! He is our Everlasting Father, His kingdom will reign for ever and ever. He shows us fatherly love desiring to hold us in His arms, protecting us from the evil one. He is our Prince of Peace, Shalom that encompasses everything about us, wholeness, health, peace, prosperity, our well-being. He brings justice and righteousness that will last from that time on and for ever. God’s zeal for His people will and did accomplish this!
We have much reason to rejoice and bow down and worship this Christmas! The world needed a Saviour then, and it still does today. Jesus is that Saviour and He wants so much for us to pay homage to Him and Him alone, for worship should be one dimensional. He desires us to bow down, show Him reverence, adore Him and submit to Him. We know that Christ came 2000 years ago, but so many still have yet to believe. Though we desperately long to see the return of the Messiah, there are those who have never even heard or accepted the first coming of Christ. You may be weary of fighting the battles, tired of trying to live the life, frustrated in not seeing loved ones know of this joy we have in Christ. Know that Jesus came for that reason. He carries our burdens and our yokes if we will but allow Him to. He has shattered the yoke that burdens us, the bar across the shoulders, the rod of our oppressor. He desires our joy to be increased so we may rejoice in Him.
As we looked at why Christ came may we be joyous and expectant of His return. O come let us adore Him, worship Christ the new-born King! Hallelujah! Heaven’s love reaching down to save to world. Hallelujah! Son of God, Servant King, here with us. Hallelujah! Jesus the Christ, born in Bethlehem, a baby born to save the souls of men. Hallelujah!