“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.”
Isaiah 9:7 (NIV)
The prophecies about the baby aren’t just rooted in history. I mean, they are – the Bible is specific about a time and a place in which the baby would be born.
But the Bible is also pretty specific that this would be no ordinary child. That he would grow to be no ordinary leader. His reign would last forever. There would be no end to his government and the peace it would bring.
This wasn’t just hope for a season or for a generation or for a period of time. This hope is forever.
And this hope is shared by millions of people. In different times, different places. In the hugest courts of the day and in the lowliest slums.
This hope is Jesus – God with us. God among us. God who lays himself down to be our hope. Forever.
This Advent, may you know something of the hope that never ends, and may it make your days merry and bright.