The prophet Isaiah spoke of the coming Savior child to be born of a virgin, and said that he will be named Mighty God. Isaiah is referring to two prophesies of different times – a child and a king. We celebrate the birth of the child at Christmas, but we will celebrate again at the return of a mighty king who will restore and redeem. Isaiah gives us a hint of this Mighty God in his earlier prophesy:
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of darkness, a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation and increased its joy.
The people have rejoiced before You as they rejoice at harvest time
and as they rejoice when diving spoils.
For You have shattered their burdensome yoke
and the rod on their shoulders, the staff of their oppressor,
just as You did on the day of Midian. (Isaiah 9:2-4)
This Christmas, when you hang your lights, think of the great light that will overcome the darkness and will once again fill the earth with joy. We have hope!