Wednesday: The Peaceful King

“Of the increase 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 9:7

Wreath Directions: Light two purple candles
Read Aloud: Isaiah 9:6-7; John 18:33-37; Luke 1:26-33
Suggested Carol: Once in David’s Royal City

Isaiah is often called the “Fifth Gospel” because of the sheer number of passages that refer directly to Jesus. Inside the prophecies of Isaiah, who prophesied in the 700s B.C., one can find the entire Gospel message, from the virgin birth of Jesus, to His suffering, death and resurrection, and then to His second coming and future kingdom. Here, in Isaiah 9, comes a prophecy about the royal role of the coming messiah. Prominent in these two verses are the themes of peace and righteousness. The messiah would reign on David’s throne with peace and righteousness, just the way you would want a king to rule.

Think about it: who would want to live under a monarch who enjoys war? Or who would want their monarch to take advantage of them, or let others take advantage?

David is considered to be the greatest king in Israel’s history. Among his many attributes, he was a mighty warrior who ruled with righteousness. He was considered to be a godly king, God’s anointed.

In 2 Samuel 7, God promised to David that a descendant would reign on his throne forever. It was an unconditional promise — a covenant that God was bound, by His own will, to uphold.

Through the next three hundred years, the people awaited this next great king, a king of peace and of righteousness. Many men took the throne of David but none were like him. Finally, God worked through the prophets Isaiah and Micah to let the people know that this mighty king like David was coming. But he is more than a king. Isaiah says He would be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God and Eternal Father. Micah says His origin would be from days of antiquity (or eternity). No ordinary man could fit this description. Even more, He would be a prince of peace whose government and peace would never end. How ideal!

As both Matthew and Luke clearly state, Jesus was the crown prince of Israel in both blood and legal right. But the Jewish religious authorities didn’t recognize him as a prince. God the Father did. Even if Jesus was never crowned king in Jerusalem, He was still given the right to rule on David’s throne, though He reigns from heaven for now, which makes it an eternal reign. He will never abdicate nor stain the office. He is King of Israel and His kingdom continues to this day, though not all of His subjects accept His kingship.

But as Isaiah prophesied and others echoed, the throne of Jesus will come to earth one day and this peace, this eternal peace, will descend upon the earth with Him. He is the Prince of Peace. Come, Lord Jesus!

This week’s prayer is:

“Our Father in heaven, we light this candle to thank You for your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who is the Prince of Peace. We who were once alienated from You by our sin have now been reconciled to You through the blood of Your Son. And now He is our peace both pertaining to salvation and to life. We thank you for this peace in His holy name. Amen.”