Owen Meadows (12th Grade)
Christmas is coming, so let’s take some time to remember why this season is such a big deal. Isaiah 9:2-7 says this, “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. You will enlarge the nation of Israel, and its people will rejoice. They will rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest and like warriors dividing the plunder. For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. You will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian. The boots of the warrior and the uniforms bloodstained by war will all be burned. They will be fuel for the fire. For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!”
I know that was long and you’ve heard it all before, kind of like the Christmas season itself, but don’t forget what this time means to us humans: Hope. Before this promise, it was all about us doing bad things and trying our best to cover it all up with good. Thankfully God recognized that we could never, nor will ever measure up to His holy standard. So because of His passionate desire to have a relationship with us, He sent Himself in the person of Jesus to be the picture of Hope for us. Remember His promise today and as you go throughout this Christmas season.