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ADVENT 2019 | Prince of Peace

12.10.19 | Advent | by Dave Dietz

ADVENT 2019 | Prince of Peace

    December the 10th finds us in the book Isaiah chapter 9 verses 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.

    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.

    Isaiah is a Hebrew name that means “The Lord is Salvation.” His book is directly quoted in the New Testament over 65 times, far more than any other Old Testament prophet. The book of Isaiah was written more than 700 years before the birth of Christ. He prophesied during the time of the divided kingdom, specifically in the southern kingdom of Judah. Isaiah, more than any of the other prophets, talked about the redemptive work of Jesus. One of the themes of the book is the Grace of God.

    These two verses point us directly to the birth of Jesus. The names “child” and “son” elaborate further on the name Immanuel, the child to be born to the virgin:

    Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

    This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:18)

    Jesus, the Son of David, will have the right to David’s throne:

    He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom (Isaiah 9:7)

    In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus is called the “Son of David” ten times, and that makes sense. The theme of Matthew’s Gospel is that Jesus the Messiah and “Son of David” is a Messianic title. The Messiah will sit on David’s throne forever:

    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  (Isaiah 9:7)

    He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end. (Luke 1:32-33)

    And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6b)

    These four titles (some commentaries call them “throne names”) were not for just any Israelite king, not for any ordinary human king; these titles were for the Messiah.

    Wonderful Counselor:

    Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD,
    or instruct the LORD as his counselor?
    Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him,
    and who taught him the right way?
    Who was it that taught him knowledge,
    or showed him the path of understanding? (Isaiah 40:13-14)

    The Messiah will need no other counselor.

    Mighty God:

    A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob
    will return to the Mighty God. (Isaiah 10:21)

    This title belongs only to YAHWEH and to the Messiah.

    Everlasting Father:

    But you are our Father,
    though Abraham does not know us
    or Israel acknowledge us;
    you, LORD, are our Father,
    our Redeemer from of old is your name. (Isaiah 63:16)

    The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “Everlasting” as “lasting or enduring through all time, eternal. It’s the idea of an ideal king who provides for and protects his people, only in instance it is eternally.

    Prince of Peace:

    You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you. (Isaiah 26:3)

    Peace, in this verse, does not mean just the absence of war. While it does mean that, it’s much more than that. It means wellbeing, safety, wholeness, with no unresolved conflict.

    And the Messiah will reign with justice and righteousness.

    The Messiah is a descendent of King David. In fact, He is a descendent of Abraham (Genesis 12:3, 22:18), of Isaac (Genesis 17:19, 21:12), of Jacob (Numbers 24:17), and from the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10). The two genealogies of Jesus, found in the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 1:1-17) and the Gospel of Luke (Luke 3:23-38), both give testimony of the truth of these prophecies. Matthew's Gospel contains the genealogy of Joseph, Jesus' legal father although not His physical father. It starts with Abraham and ends with Joseph who was the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Luke's Gospel contains the genealogy of Mary. It's written backwards from that found in Matthew. It basically starts with Joseph, the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus and ends with God, the creator of Adam. The two genealogies match from Abraham to David (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, Perez, Hezron, Ram, Amminadab, Nahshon, Salmon, Boaz, Obed, Jesse, and David). David's son, Solomon, was the ancestor to Joseph and his legal Son, Jesus. Nathan was the ancestor to Mary and her natural Son, Jesus.

    The truth of these prophecies has long been taken for granted by Bible believing Christians; but not so with Bible skeptics. Bible believing Christians have never doubted the existence of King David. But Bible skeptics have, until 1993. In the summer of 1993 the first archaeological evidence of the existence of King David was found. That proved what Bible believing Christians have known all along, that King David existed. And the Biblical record proves that Jesus was a descendent of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, He was from the tribe of Judah, and He was a descendent of David. He is the righteous Branch of David's line. “Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end.” He is indeed, “The LORD Our Righteous Savior.”

    The ornament that goes beside the tree tonight is a sign with the names of Abraham through David printed on it.