Thursday, March 2, 2017

Prince of Peace: From the Cradle to the Crown and Beyond

The Cradle   

Jesus left the glory and splendour of heaven and came to Earth in fulfillment of Isaiah's Messianic Prophecy:

“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 this,” ( Isaiah 9:6-7, NIV).

Angels heralded the wondrous news of Jesus' birth to shepherds in the fields outside Bethlehem. Those shepherds hurried into town to see the newborn Messiah; and, they spread the Good News to everyone they met on their return to their flocks. Furthermore, Magi travelled for approximately 2 years to be in Christ's presence and to worship Him. Surprisingly, Jesus came to His people as a helpless baby; and though some were greatly moved, most of them didn't recognize nor acknowledge the significance of His birth.

None of us can fathom how the King of Glory could lay aside His claims and rights to become one of us. Furthermore, Christ was born in a stable, with a manger for His cradle. But why would Jesus choose to come as a powerless baby? Most parents understand that newborns are completely dependent on their caregivers. We dream of our babies' futures and wonder if they will become scientists, doctors, lawyers, politicians, writers, or musicians.

Yet, Mary and Joseph knew that their precious baby's birth fulfilled prophecies and that His mission was to “save His people from their sins,” (Lk. 1: 31-33). That seemed like a mighty tall order when the angel revealed this to Mary, who like many moms, wondered what it all meant and treasured all these things in her heart (Lk. 2: 19).

Blessings & Peace

Elizabeth Hogan Hayduk

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