Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end,
At the conclusion of World War I, The League of Nations was determined to end all wars. The 1918 speech by Woodrow Wilson was received, but did not last. September 1, 1939 marked the beginning of the Second World War. From that point to now, millions have died in battle. As prophesied, wars have increased. Even the intensity and rhetoric of nuclear proliferation is now a common conversation.
Humanity is often given to bloodshed. From the first strike of Cain to the wars in Congo and Ukraine, there is no pause in such vain pursuits. We are finite men, full of greed and the desire for power. All world leaders think in terms of conquest regardless of their political persuasion. History has spoken of such matters without regard to personality or intent.
However, there is coming a day when the Messiah shall return. He will come riding a white horse and wearing a crown of gold. His vesture will be dipped in the Blood of the Lamb and His Name shall be declared, Jesus. He is coming with power and peace. His government shall rule the world. From Him exudes perpetual peace and there shall be no end of it, for He is the Prince of Peace.
His first coming was for the sacrifice of mankind. His second will be for an eternal victory. His first coming depicted a vulnerable infant; lowly and meek and born in a manger. His second coming will commence with a shout; the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God.
We pause, not for presents or holiday songs, but to recognize the advent of the incarnate God. While the world has dismissed Him, choosing an emotional, howbeit, limited event, we are in consideration of The Redeemer! He is the Lord of Hosts; the Lord of Glory.
My prayer is that the Church will not become mired in activities for the sake of an American holiday. Jesus is more than a seasonal celebration. He was both fully God and fully man. He was tempted in all the ways common to us. He came to carry our griefs. His intent was to bear our sorrows. He is the Savior and the hope of humanity. He brings peace that surpasses all understanding. Today, we rejoice at the sound of His Name while looking steadfastly for His soon return.
Pastor Jeffrey Harpole