For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. -Is 9:5-6 ESV
What fuels you? What is the FUEL you use to keep your FIRE BURNING? When the PRINCE OF PEACE reigns as MIGHTY GOD then All warlike instruments shall be destroyed, as no longer required in the new era of peace. Why are we at war with our brother, with our opposing political party, with our family, with our church, with ourselves? Because we are SINNERS, in need of a SAVIOR; For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. (Romans 8:20-22)
Leader, JESUS changed everything. Because of JESUS, Isaiah tells us ALL THINGS CHANGE; The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.(Is 11:6-9)
Conduit, Isaiah calls the Messiah, “Wonderful Counselor”, this is indicative of HIS character. The word WONDERFUL, in this passage literally means “incomprehensible.” The Messiah will cause us to be “full of wonder.” The word is much weightier than the way it’s used in normal conversation today—we say things are “wonderful” if they are pleasant, lovely, or the least bit likable. Jesus is wonderful in a way that is boggling to the mind. The same word for “wonderful” is used in Judges 13:18 when Manoah, Samson’s father, asked what His name was. The angel of the LORD responded, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?” In other words, “Why do you ask my name, since it is beyond your understanding?” This is the JESUS that we celebrate INCARNATE in the MANGER. Remember He is FULL OF WONDER- GO, TELL others!