“Abide in the Peace of Christ”
5 Righteousness will be a belt around His loins;
faithfulness will be a belt around His waist.
6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
and the leopard will lie down with the goat.
The calf, the young lion, and the fatling will be together,
and a child will lead them.
7 The cow and the bear will graze,
their young ones will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 An infant will play beside the cobra’s pit,
and a toddler will put his hand into a snake’s den.
9 None will harm or destroy another
on My entire holy mountain,
for the land will be as full
of the knowledge of the LORD
as the sea is filled with water.
10 On that day the root of Jesse
will stand as a banner for the peoples.
The nations will seek Him,
and His resting place will be glorious.
The prophet Isaiah imparts hope for the Messiah that is to come, which in turn still rings true today and is timelessly relevant. Just as Israel had grasped to the words that foretold of Him and anticipated His coming; we look forward to His return as we live in between the already and the not yet. Jesus has already come, but has not yet returned.
Only Jesus is solely qualified to fulfill the promises of this passage. He alone is perfectly righteous and is completely faithful to His core being.
We hear and see the result of His holiness and wonder how all these unnatural companionships will become possible. There is an assuring peace and safety in hearing these promises as it parallels with our sinfulness that threatens to devour our lives, yet is brought into dominion by the vast amounts of God’s wisdom. Furthermore, this knowledge will be crowned with a banner of love that flies for all of mankind, firmly rooted and one of never-ending growth in and through Christ. And ultimately hope shines in the knowledge of the eternal glory we are promised. Has the busyness of the Holidays choked you out of abiding in the peace of Christ?
Let this be your prayer: Lord, let my life be consumed by my anticipation for You, and let hope, love, and peace be my fuel. I glorify You in this Advent season. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.