To Us a Child Is Born

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” – and that great light, the prophet says, is the birth of a child.  And who is this child?  In Isaiah’s historical context it can only be Hezekiah, son of King Ahaz of Judah.  In young Prince Hezekiah the people can see God's future incarnate, living in flesh and blood in their midst.  By the end of Hezekiah’s reign, the dire threat from Assyria will be no more, and the nation will have regained a measure of stability.  Isaiah says this new king will be called “wonderful counselor” and “prince of peace.”  The titles fit – but not the other ones Isaiah uses.  Mighty God?  Everlasting father?  No, these titles must await the birth of another...
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