Words from the Heart for Friday December 22nd, 2017
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.
Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
A Child is Born
Oh what a wonderful Saviour! The Lord Jesus Christ is described by all of these names and yet is still more! What need do you have? The Lord is more than enough for your every need!
It isn’t easy to become a pediatrician in Canada. On top of the years of study to become an MD, there are four more years of medical studies. Then there is the option to subspecialize – meaning more study. Subspecialists include pediatric cardiologists (who focus on heart health), pediatric allergists, neonatologists (who care for sick newborns or premature babies), developmental pediatricians and pediatric oncologists who work with children who are dealing with the challenges of cancer. About 1/3 of children visit a pediatrician at some point.
I often wonder what Isaiah saw when God was revealing to the prophet the events surrounding the coming of the Messiah. Did he actually get to see Jesus? Did he have a video monitor into the future? Or did he just get the message verbally? God used all sorts of ways in the Bible to reveal prophecies – dreams, visions, messages. Which brings us to our text for today. Isaiah had a unique view of the future, and no matter how this was revealed to him, he had an amazing revelation of Jesus the Messiah. In Isaiah 9:6 he writes: “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.” What a beautiful description of Jesus Christ, who came as King of kings and Lord of lords. As wonderful counselor He brings hope and healing, as Mighty God He is worthy of our praise, as Everlasting Father He lovingly draws us into His forever family and as Prince of Peace He restores our relationship with God. Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
These have been words from the heart.