Throw down your guns!

Todays readings are Isaiah 9:1-7 and Luke 1:56-80

While the title of this post rips off lyrics from an Aussie Crawl song, the post has less to do with recklessness and more to do with peace. I do however remember being mesmerised by those particular lyrics. Throw down your guns… such a brave act leaving you defenceless while at the same time making a clear and bold declaration of peace. The act says “I’m not going to fight anymore.”

Today’s reading from Isaiah obviously crescendos in verse 6-7. Take some time to reflect on the words of the first 5 verses. They are bold and Beautiful, and display v6-7 in stark contrast to other alternatives.

Note the following:

  • no more gloom for those in distress (v1)
  • A time of rejoicing when a great battle has been won (v2-3)
  • A destruction of the weapons of battle (v5)

Here’s the thing. Isaiah tells us about the victory before he tells us how the victory is won. By the end of verse 5, we know there’s hope and reason to rejoice, but we don’t know how. So, he goes on:

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given

Wait. What? Hang on, maybe we need to settle on the rejoicing. Perhaps we need to pick up the guns? A child? A son? Victory?

In the birth of the Christ Child, God simultaneously declares victory and peace. There’s no need for war weapons anymore because:

Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

Praise God that his Zeal has accomplished peace now and forever through King Jesus. May you be caused to look afresh to Jesus this Christmas, and to pursue the justice, righteousness and peace that he has brought and continues to bring with his kingdom.

Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas. May God’s peace rest on you,

Ron

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