Isaiah 9:1-7

Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory.

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 realize that this is kind of a crazy post to be putting up the day after a presidential election, but…

It is interesting to me how in the Hebrew Scriptures people were looking for a Messiah who would release the captives and govern in a way of truth and justice.

Then we have Jesus, whom Christians say fulfills all the Hebrew Scripture prophecies of the coming Messiah. But Jesus turned government, rulers and principalities on their heads.

Somehow, 2000 years later we have created a pansy Jesus who is all luvy-duvy with everyone. “Meek and Mild, As If” Jesus was and continues to be a revolutionary. He challenges our way of thinking and our view of the world. Jesus may not have been political himself, but his call to reform, speak up for the ones cast aside, and care for all those in need was totally political at the time, and still impacts us today.

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