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Isaiah 9
And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to order it and to establish it with justice and with righteousness, from now until forever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.
And hope comes where it is complete…
It is God’s zeal that will bring lasting peace. It is his ways that will take hold. People will treat each other like they do already in any good home. With fairness, with graciousness, quick to forgive, slow to anger, and filled with laughter and gladness. If we can already live this way now when we are our best true selves, why do we think that this will not be a way of life for all people forever?

God won’t let his dreams fail. His destiny for us is that we will live with him as he lives in his fullness in the Trinity. We even get glimpses of this the words of Isaiah from even before the time of Jesus. Isaiah calls him a Mighty God, but listen to what else he calls Jesus and then consider the words of Jesus himself from the Gospel of John.

Wonderful Counselor…
John 14:26
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.
We are not alone in the world relying on our own strength and wisdom. We have the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus who remains with us and teaches us everything. Way more powerful than Wikipedia or the whole internet itself, there is nothing The Holy Spirit cannot show us that will give us confidence in Jesus.

Eternal Father…

John 10:30

I and the Father are one.

You either trust that Jesus is God himself or you don’t. There isn’t anything that God the Father has that Jesus doesn’t have. And Jesus ruling from the heavens now is doing so as a human being. He is the first true human in God’s new creation and everything he has is available to us. We even get to experience the power of Jesus in glimpses now. Hope for the hopeless, strength, even in our weakness. God is for us and not against us.

Prince of Peace…

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Remember peace is not just the absence of violence or war. The world can give us laws and treaties and resolutions. Again, like our best true selves living in community, we don’t need any of this if we have his peace. His peace means everything is in harmony. Our life with God and others is in synch. We don’t have to be anxious, we don’t have to be fearful, the Prince of Peace has perfect love and perfect love casts out fear.

This is not only our hope, this is our destiny. No troubled hearts. No fear. The peace of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is true reality and it is available to anyone who wants it. Real peace is available to you.

ME

How does knowing God as community help in your understanding of what it means to live in community?

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