For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!
Though this may be the go-to Christmas passage for all Hallmark stores, there isn’t anything cute or quaint about what’s being said. These two verses are armed with strong terms, all pointing to a powerful ruler who will come and rule unlike anyone we’ve ever seen. “Counselor” (the one who understands everything that’s happening and is the only one who can give direction), “Everlasting” (no limit, no end, no boundaries, no impossibilities), “Prince” (the rightful ruler), “government” (the entire world will emulate him under his rule), “justice”, “throne”, “all eternity”, “passionate commitment”, “the Lord of Heaven’s Armies”.
The more I think about these verses, the more my anticipation for Christ’s coming grows. Oh how I long for the day when Jesus comes in the fullness of His power, ruling the world with justice and fairness. When he came the first time, so many years ago, He was, as the hymn says, “born a child and yet a king.” He came humbly.
With this song in my head, I ponder today the return of the rightful King.