Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!
6 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 Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase 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)
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:8-11)
14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21 and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4: 14-21)
This child-ruler who was foretold to us would have complete dominion. The “experts” thought this referred to governmental dominion — and, of course, it does — but it’s much more than that. This child who is born to us, this son who is given, will have complete dominion over everything. When Jesus arrived on the scene, he used the words of Isaiah to draw a line in the sand. He was here not to overthrow Rome, but to set all things right. Humanity had a bigger enemy, and Jesus came to set us free:
- Jesus made blind people see.
- He made deaf people hear.
- He made mute people speak.
- He made lame people walk.
- He made leprous people clean.
- He made feverous people well.
- He made dead people alive!
- He gave possessed people deliverance and commanded demons to flee in terror.
- He brought clarity to the truth-tellers and angered an entire culture of leaders who corrupted God’s word.
- And he called men, women and children into full surrender so that their sins could be fully forgiven.
It does not matter what you face, Jesus has dominion over it. He is King of all kings and Lord of all lords. There is no greater authority. For today, just rest in the knowledge that your King is able. Period.