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 Counsellor, 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)
In Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The fulfillment of the promise that God made to his people long ago as described by the prophet Isaiah. Jesus is promised as the one who would establish justice and righteousness. At Christmas time we remember his coming. We remember that he is here. That he is with us. He has begun his ministry, to bring justice and peace to the world. What a tremendous joy.
At Christmas time a deep joy resides in my heart. A joy that is beyond words. I rejoice because Jesus came.
Because Jesus was born, he is with me. The Jesus who is full of love is with me. He who understands my pain and suffering, having suffered himself, is close to me.
And he understands the suffering of others. He is with them and suffers with them.
I have joy because his coming brings justice, peace and mercy to this earth. One day he will complete his work of establishing justice, peace and mercy. There will be no more mourning or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4).
As we pray for people’s needs and the alleviation of their suffering, we can rejoice and thank Jesus that he has come. He is with those who are suffering. He suffers with them while there is injustice in the world. Through him, suffering and injustice has begun to end. We can rejoice that one day there will be no more mourning or crying or pain.