For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
More than any other book in the Old Testament, the book written by the Jewish prophet Isaiah focuses on the salvation that would come through the Messiah. The above passage reveals that Messiah will one day rule in justice and righteousness. The Messiah’s kingdom on earth (Isaiah chapters 65-66) is the goal toward which all of the book of Isaiah points. It is during the eventual reign of the Messiah, at His second coming, that God’s righteousness will be fully revealed to the world.
We all long for peace, yet the world in which we live has little of that to offer. Wars, rumors of wars, crime, hate, family division, anger, vices, addictions, let downs–it’s all contrary to a message of peace.
Isaiah chapter 53 vividly describes the Messiah suffering for sin. It is through His wounds that healing is achieved. It is through His suffering that our iniquities are taken away. This apparent contradiction is solved in the Person of Jesus Christ. In His first advent, Jesus was the suffering servant of Isaiah chapter 53. In His second advent, Jesus will be the conquering and ruling King, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
How can you experience the peace that only Jesus can provide, right now?
With a simple prayer of faith, something like this: Lord, I believe Jesus is the way, truth, and life. I believe Jesus died for my sins and was raised from the dead. I surrender to your Lordship. Fill me with your Spirit and make me whole.