(Isaiah 9 v 6 - 7)
“A child will be born to us.
God will give a son to us.
He will be responsible for leading the people.
His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God,
Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace.
Power and peace will be in his kingdom.
He will rule it forever and ever.
The Lord of heaven’s armies will do this
because of his strong love for his people.”
The lie thundered on. Tearing God’s children apart. Making their lives harder and harder until it seemed that the lie really was the truth. All the hurting and suffering outside of the garden meant that God’s children only became more deafened to his shouts of rescue.
Wars and hatred and bitterness started to tear apart God’s children. Forgetting him had meant they had forgotten who they were and that meant they had forgotten to watch and wait for The King.
So God sent them another message.
Another reminder that he was still there.
After all this time.
After all their battling against him . And turning away. And saying HE was the liar
He was still coming for them.
And he was coming for them with The Prince of Peace.
One who would quell all the anger and fear and hating.
One who would be stronger than the lies and the accusations and the deceit.
One who would wipe away all their tears so they could see for real, the truth that had always been there from the very beginning.
Once again Isaiah told God’s children God’s message. To watch and wait for
A Prince who’s rule would be with peace.
A peace that wasn’t like any peace the world now knew.
A peace that was from the very beginning, right back in the garden.
A peace that was stronger and more powerful and forever.
God’s children had now forgotten what peace was really like. The wonderful sound of peace that had been in the garden, in all that God had first made, had been drowned out by the lie that God didn’t care. And now the lie was so loud that God’s children couldn’t even remember what the peace sounded like at all.
Which is why the Rescuer would not just bring peace back but would rule with peace so that God’s children could never forget it again.
God’s children tried their very best to make life work without him. But somehow it was never quite right.
However hard they tried they still got sick
and they still died.
Life out of Eden was definitely hard, but it was also short. By now God’s children had all but forgotten him and the wonderful place he had first given them. They had forgotten the beauty of those first few days on earth. The peace of perfection that they had lived in.
But despite this there was something deep within them that meant they knew that sickness and hurt and death were not how they were supposed to live. But instead of making them run back to God it only made them keep running further and further away.
God’s children knew that life wasn’t supposed to be this way but everywhere they looked it still seem so final
So God gave Isaiah another message – truth be known, Isaiah did a lot of message carrying between God and his lost children, which is quite a hard job when your trying to deliver post to someone who doesn’t know where they are.
So Isaiah faithfully passed on God next message
“His ever-expanding, peaceful government will never end”
God was telling his children that they were right. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. That was why he was moving heaven and earth to set things straight. Life with God was supposed to last forever. Death and sickness and sadness were never supposed to be.
God’s Rescuer was going to rule forever. They would never have to worry about being lost again.
Not once The King had found them.