24 Days of Advent Scripture Devotionals

Day 16 – Unto Us

Clouds - Rick Tuttle

Clouds – Rick Tuttle

Isaiah 9:6-7

The prophet Isaiah wrote this beautiful passage during a dark time. It was not a time of peace. The promise was that the Messiah would be both human and divine.

Isaiah 9:6-7

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah also wrote of the Messiah as the suffering servant who would pay the penalty of our sin.

Isaiah 53:4-5

Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

We can reconcile these two prophecies by understanding that the Messiah would have two comings. He would come to be born and to offer himself as the perfect atoning sacrifice for our sins and to be raised from the dead. But he will come again. He said it himself, just before his death when he was being interrogated.

Mark 14:61-62

Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”

Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! – Revelation 22:20

Song: For Unto Us a Child is Born

Handel’s Messiah was a primary inspiration for me to write these devotionals based on the prophesies of Messiah’s coming. The entire oratorio (3 hours of music!) is based on scripture about Jesus The Messiah.

Song: Surely He Hath Born Our Griefs

This is one of my favorite parts of Messiah taken from Isaiah 53.