Words from the Heart for Friday December 21st, 2018
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
Oh what a Saviour! His names tell us that our Lord Jesus Christ is so much more than just the Babe in a manger. He is a Ruler with authority. He is Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, and the full expression of the Everlasting Father. He is the Prince of Peace. And, most of all, He came that we might know Him as our own.
At its height, New France covered an immense amount of land. The first official settlement within Canada was Quebec, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain. The other four colonies within New France were Hudson’s Bay to the north, Acadia and Newfoundland to the east, and Louisiana far to the south. Canada, the most developed colony of New France, was divided into three districts, Québec, Trois-Rivières, and Montréal, each with its own government.
One of the greatest Messianic prophecies in the book of Isaiah, made even more famous by George Fredrick Handel in his glorious Messiah is Isaiah 9:6: “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” One of the mysteries of God’s Word is how the Holy Spirit draws us to different truth every time we read a familiar passage. As I was reading Isaiah 9:6 recently, for the first time ever the first three words of this prophecy jumped off the page for me. I have always focused on the gift of Jesus, His reign over the Kingdom of God, and the incredible impact of His names. But today I pondered the simplicity of “for unto us.” Jesus is God’s gift to us. We are the recipients of His birth. What an amazing God we serve who loved us enough to send Jesus … to us. We are so needy, and our greatest need is for relationship with our Creator. So God gave us Himself. Let that settle in your heart.
These have been words from the heart.