Our scripture this morning is Isaiah 9:6-7.

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Isaiah, the prophet who warned Israel about how they were living and the consequences of their actions, also spoke of the grace of God and the blessing He has for His people. He tells of God’s love for them and the child that will come to prove it in the flesh. It reminds them of their heritage and the future of love and peace God promises.

This passage gives us some of the titles by which we will know Jesus. He is the Wonderful Counselor who will always guide us in accordance with God’s will. As Mighty God Himself, He stands ready to protect us. The Everlasting Father loves all His children and wants them in eternal relationship with Him and each other.

The Prince of Peace comes to gather the faithful to Himself and “His authority shall grow continually.” Jesus is Immanuel, God with us, and He shall reign forever. Hallelujah!

Loving Lord, we are ashamed of our falling away from Your love and Your word. Forgive us, we pray. Strengthen us by faith and send us into Your world that all may know Your love. Amen.

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