Pastor Tom’s Note
Have you ever been caught up in a situation where poor decisions were made by those in leadership? I think most of us would have to answer in the affirmative. The truth is, we can’t govern ourselves by ourselves. In Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah describes the coming of a “son” (of royal descent, v. 7) who is a “wonderful counselor.” As lead counsel to kings himself (see Isaiah 7 and 37-38), Isaiah knows full well that perfect governance is not found on planet earth, but rests with the God-King Himself, the “Son,” “wonderful counselor,” who is also “might God,” “Everlasting Father” and “Prince of Peace.”
Advent is also about putting our trust and expectations in the right places. As the birth narratives in Luke and Matthew remind us, this great king was not born in the halls of power of Jerusalem, the “city of David” (2 Samuel 5:6-8). Instead, he was born in the other “city of David,” Bethlehem, a small settlement away from the hub (see Luke 2:11; Matthew 2:1-6).
This Christmas, let’s make sure we look for the Savior in the right ‘city of David’ where everlasting power, authority and might is manifested, in the form of a babe, in a manger.