When Words Fall Short
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
What facet of this Messianic description most tugs at your heartstrings, friend? Which words do you find most significant? Is it that Christ is a perfect counselor, unlike those who’ve led you astray? Is it that He’s mighty to perform His vows, unlike those who’ve let you down? Is it that He’s a Father always, unlike those who’ve abandoned you? Is it that His rule is marked by peace, unlike those who only add to your conflict? For me, without question, the words that grip me most are the ones at the very beginning: “to us”. How can this God who is so definitively Wonderful and Mighty and Everlasting and Peaceful redeem those who are so sinful and weak and fleeting and conflicted? Why would He come to me of all people?
Not even for a moment can we comprehend this superlative love described here in Isaiah 9:6, but we can spend every moment embracing Him, and walking in Him, and sharing Him with a world in need.