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Savior of the World

“The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.” – John 1:41-42

In Isaiah 9, we find a prophecy portrait of the coming Messiah, painted more than seven hundred years before Jesus was born. Let’s compare Isaiah’s prophecies and their fulfillment.

Isaiah 9:2 says, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.” When Jesus came, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Isaiah referred to the coming Messiah as the mighty God (Isaiah 1:24). When Jesus came, He lived a life of power in the things He said, the miracles He performed, and most of all, in His resurrection from the dead. The New Testament says that the Spirit that raised up Christ from the dead shall also give life to your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you (Romans 8:11, KJV).

Isaiah’s portrait of the Messiah also shows Him as the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you;…Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

Isaiah 26:3 speaks of the perfect peace of the one whose mind is stayed on the Lord. Paul wrote that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).

The portrait of the coming Messiah still hangs in the gallery of Isaiah. But the Lord Himself is here to bring light to see, power to live, and peace within.

Prayer

Lord, I want to grow in the grace and knowledge of You, so that the world will catch glimpses of my likeness to You. Amen.

To Ponder

From this side of the Cross, we see Jesus as the perfect man, our Redeemer and our Lord.

(The Navigators)