“For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. The dominion will be vast and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it, with justice and righteousness from now on and forever. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will accomplish this.” AMEN!
Isaiah 9:6-7 (HCSB)
In a world that is spiraling out of control and seems to be more and more evil with each passing hour, isn’t it glorious to know that God has sent to us the Prince of Peace? In the season of Christmas, we hear greetings of good tidings and “Happy Holidays,” “Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men,” and the like, but how many of these well-wishers know the Messiah?
Isaiah 8 and 9 speaks great truth to us in seemingly like times – then encouraging Judah who was about to be invaded by the Assyrians. Now we can look to this as not only a beautiful prophecy of our Messiah who has come – the prophecy fulfilled and the promises kept for us, but also as an encouragement for the hope that is even today in the second coming of our Lord Jesus!
“For this is what the LORD said to me with great power, to keep me from going the way of this people:
Hold up right there. Isn’t it amazing that the Lord reveals himself to His people? And not only that, but “with great power, to keep me from going the way of this people,” the evil people. It is truly the love of a father shining through here with great mercy to His children.
Do not call everything an alliance these people say is an alliance. Do not fear what they fear; do not be terrified. You are to regard only the LORD of Hosts as holy. Only He should be feared; only He should be held in awe. He will be a sanctuary; but for the two houses of Israel, He will be a stone to stumble over and a rock to trip over, and a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Many will stumble over these; they will fall and be broken; they will be snared and captured.
Though many struggle with the coming of Jesus, even at Christmas, and often believe it to be as much a fairy tale as Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy, we are called as God’s people to regard only the LORD of Hosts as holy, to only fear Him alone, and to only hold Him in awe for He is our sanctuary. I am probably the most guilty in not doing these things – in fearing man and man’s opinion of me instead of fearing God alone. . . of holding other things and other people in awe and reverence instead of their creator (God). . . I am even guilty of turning to earthly things and unfulfilling things as a safe sanctuary instead of fully relying on God who truly is our Peace and our sanctuary – our only hope and our only safety.
Bind up the testimony. Seal up the instruction among my disciples. I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob. I will wait for Him. . . .
Still so many do not see the face of the Lord for who He is – or even see Him at all. . . but we too must wait with great expectation of His coming – for truly He is coming again, and He is coming soon!
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness. You have enlarged the nation and increased its joy. The people have rejoiced before You as they rejoice when dividing spoils. For You have shattered their oppressive yoke and the rod on their shoulders, the staff of their oppressor, just as You did on the day of Midian. For the trampling boot of battle and the bloodied garments of war will be burned as fuel for the fire.
Merry Christmas! Jesus has come! The Jewish Messiah has come into the world as a great light for all to see, but particularly for those walking in the darkness – for those walking without Him.
For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. The dominion will be vast and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it, with justice and righteousness from now on and forever. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will accomplish this.”
Isaiah 8:12-17, 9:2-7 (HCSB)
Truly Jesus is the reason for the Season – the only reason or way we can have a Merry Christmas – or a Christmas at all! Jesus is the best gift of all and it is the free gift given to us – we just have to receive it. Are you willing to open His gift to you today? Are you willing to accept Jesus into your life – to see the great light? Check out one of our articles below for more information, or feel free to contact us or fill out our prayer request page! We are praying for you!
Merry, Merry Christmas – from our family to yours!
Here is one of my favorite holiday recipes: Holiday Peppered Oranges. I’m not sure if this has roots in Italy or Germany or somewhere in between, but my family has always enjoyed these very simple but special oranges for the holidays, especially Christmas. Made with the biggest Florida navel oranges, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh cracked black pepper, these orange slices can serve as a delicious appetizer, side dish or dessert. They are my go-to bring-along for Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays – and a must-have for the holiday season! I love them!
Holiday Peppered Oranges
3 extra large navel oranges (the Florida type available around the holidays)
extra virgin olive oil (drizzled over the oranges – probably about 3 tablespoons total, give or take)
fresh cracked black pepper
1. Thinly slice each orange vertically, discarding the “navel” and stem ends (or eating yourself!)
2. Drizzle olive oil over oranges or spread very thinly on one side of each.
3. Crack black pepper over the oranges and position on a plate ready to serve! Enjoy!