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     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 thisIsa. 9:6-7

Dear Lord Jesus, meditating on this passage—crammed full with Advent hope, is like standing under a waterfall of grace. Indeed, you are the one Isaiah was writing about—alone worthy of our praise and adoration.

Knowing the government of the entire cosmos already rests on your shoulders super-sizes my peace, and fills me with a joy second only to knowing those shoulders fully bore the sin of the world, including mine.

Lord Jesus, in you are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. You are Wonderful Counselor. Everything I need to know about God and eternity is found in you; but you’re also the one who gives me counsel about life in general—loving my wife well, and handling fresh disappointments, old hurts, and unfulfilled longings. You care about everything. You are wisdom incarnate.

Lord Jesus, you uphold all things by the power of your Word. You are Mighty God—the one who created and sustains the entire universe—the one in whom all things are being summed up. You also give me power to humble myself, when I’d rather stay proud; and strength to boast in my weaknesses when I’d rather be self-sufficient. O, the power of grace.

Lord Jesus, to see you is to see the Father; and to know you is to know the Father. In this sense you are Everlasting Father. You faithfully tend to the needs of the world—even the flowers of every field and the birds in every sky. But you also care about us. Through of your finished work on the cross, I’m not only declared righteous in God’s sight; I’m free to declare God as Abba, Father. Hallelujah, many times over.

Lord Jesus, singularly, you deserve the title, Prince of Peace, for you paid the price for our peace. Forgive me when I vainly look for contentment, joy and hope anywhere else. For your broad shoulders, big heart, and coming kingdom, I praise you today, and rest in your love. So very Amen I pray, in your matchless and merciful name.

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