Isaiah 9: 6-7
“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.”
Don’t be fooled – this King baby will reign. Despite the enemy’s attempts to destroy Him, His plan stood firm. Despite a supposed defeat by ultimately being crucified, He rose from the dead and is coming again, only this time to reign. For spectators of a movie, this story is difficult to watch. The injustice of the wicked seemingly destroying the Holy One and His plan. The Almighty God coming in perceived weakness.
The Jewish people were looking for their King to come and rule – now – not in the future. But God’s ways are not our ways. In His wisdom, He accomplished in His coming as a babe more than He could as a God we feared. Instead of conquering us and ruling over us ruthlessly, He conquered our hearts and saved us. He is our LORD, our Wonderful Counselor, to Whom we can come daily and moment by moment. His rule is righteous and just. His rule trumps every other ruler or government in this world.
In those moments when the wise men, shepherds and onlookers gazed upon God as a babe, how filled with wonder they must have been. How humbled to see their Creator coming in such a form. The most hardened heart was surely softened by such a gift. May we have this same awe in reflecting on our Jesus, coming as a babe to rule our hearts.
Lord, You are all-wise, all-knowing, Almighty God! Holy and humble, perfect One! I worship You and thank You for ruling in my heart and opening my eyes to see.