PAX ROMANA                                                             Isaiah 9:1-7

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (v6)

No one can afford the price of war. Many nations are currently involved in armed conflict. When and how will they end? We want peace, but not at the expense of justice – Jesus was born during a time of “peace,” but it came at the cost of heavy – handed oppression. The Pax Romana (“Roman Peace”) existed only because Rome squashed all dissent.

Seven centuries before that time of relative peace, hostile armies prepared to invade Jerusalem. From the shadow of war, God made a remarkable pronouncement. “On those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned,” The prophet declared (Isaiah 9:2) “for to us a child is born, to us a son is given…Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end,” (vv6-7) Matthew tells us that Isaiah’s prophesy found fulfillment in the Christ-child  (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 7:14)

We adore the tiny baby in the manger scene. Yet that helpless babe is also the Lord Almighty, “the LORD of heaven’s Armies”(Isaiah 13:13 NLT) He will one day “reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness” (9:7) Such a regime will be no oppressive Pax Romana. It will be the reign of the Prince of Peace.

PRAYER LINE: Father, we can never sufficiently thank You that Your Son came to bring us peace with You through His death and resurrection. Thank You that He will rule in both peace and righteousness.

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The Lamb of God is all the Lion of Judah. (ODB)

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