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 Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 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 forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
What we have here in these words of the Prophet is his testimony to a coming servant King and God’s new redemptive order. The Prophet prefaces his testimony about the coming “given Son” with the account of God’s victory over the host of Midian through Gideon’s band of 300 men.
God did this because he wanted to remind his people of two important truths.
One, the battle is the Lord’s.
Two, the Lord does not do battle with military might, that’s the world’s way.
In the sent Son a new order breaks in to history; a new order in God’s story of redemptive history. The old order is the way of the world since the fall in Eden. It has been called “meism”, what’s in it for me? –Satan’s question for Eve. The in-breaking new Kingdom order turns the old order about face, it is marked by self denial and humble service in the name of the servant King. Jesus said “the greatest among you is servant of all”. Jesus the “sent one” showed the way by becoming a servant, and being obedient to the Father’s will he went to the cross in our stead, as Isaiah states, “the punishment that brought us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed”.
Though he became a servant he was yet the “Mighty God”; as such he conquered death, the powers of darkness and the prince of darkness, Satan. We need no longer fear these enemies.
As “everlasting Father” he holds our lives in his hand supplying all we need through his Spirit so we need not worry or be anxious.
As “Prince of Peace” he grants us “the peace of God that passes all understanding”.
And he calls you and me to be peacemakers, to be seekers of the peaceful Kingdom.
That means we are to be forgiving, to help the sick, the sorrowing, the poor, the widows and orphans in the name of King Jesus who is at the Fathers right hand “where he will reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet”, at which time he will usher in the new order in all its glory in the New Creation.
Thank you Father for the gift of your sent Son, our Lord Jesus. We look forward in hope to his and our final victory and the New Creation.
~Rev. Jack Matheis