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THE PROPHECY OF THE RULING CHILD
Isaiah 9:6-7

I. Introduction: 

 Waiting for better days is not always easy to do.  Our culture is obsessed with ‘right now’ (if you want you can let everyone know what you are doing/thinking/feeling right now with the phone in your pocket, no less).  Depending on the circumstances, we do not remain patient in our waiting for very long.  The Lord in His kindness and mercy helps us at times by giving us promises for the future.  He gave the people of Israel a promise about a coming Ruler to encourage them in dark times, which is the prophecy we are looking at tonight.

II.  The Prophecy of the Ruling Child

 Isaiah tells us about the coming Ruler in Isaiah 9:6-7 and it is not what we might expect.  Listen to what he says.  Isaiah tells us that this coming ruler will wear the government on his shoulder.  He will be a ruler.  Yet, there is more going on here than just politics.  I mean, listen to the names that Isaiah gives this coming One: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Those are some extravagant titles for just another King of Israel.  And then Isaiah tells us that this King’s reign will know no limits.  His rule will extend over all the earth, for it will know no end.  And unlike all the other kings before, this King will rule on the throne from this time forth and forevermore.  This is great news for those suffering through dark days, and the Isaiah seals it with a promise: The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.  The people can trust in this prophecy because God will bring it to pass.  He will send a child, a son, who will be the Ruler that is described by Isaiah.  Who will this be?  It cannot be just another King of Israel, for how could they be called Wonderful Counselor or Mighty God or Everlasting Father and how could their rule extend to the whole earth and last forever?  Who could this be?

III.  The Fulfillment of the Prophecy

 If this prophecy is going to be fulfilled, then Someone amazing must come.  And that is exactly who Jesus is.  He is the only One who could be called the titles that Isaiah gives Him.  He is our Wonderful Counselor.  He is the Mighty God in the flesh, the incarnate Son of God.  He is the Everlasting One and the Prince of Peace, for through His death and resurrection we not only have peace with men, but peace with God.  Yet, what about the reign of Jesus?  Does is match the description that Isaiah gives it?  Yes, for as we saw this morning, three days after Jesus was crucified for our sins, the Father raised Him from the dead.  Only One who has conquered death can reign forever and that is exactly what Jesus has done!  He is the Risen King who will never taste death again and through faith in His death and resurrection, we too can reign with Him forever. 

IV.  Conclusion

 The Ruling Child has come.  The zeal of the Lord has sent us Jesus to pay for our sins at the cross and to give us victory over the grave.  And He has given us a promise for dark days: Surely I am coming soon (Rev. 22:20).  Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus!

~ William Marshall ~

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 January 2014 )

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