As I read the various comments on the social medium known as Facebook, I notice how many people are searching for universal peace and justice. It seems we are hardwired to seek peace and justice. It should not surprise us that the ancient prophetic vision contained the same human aspiration:
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 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” (Isaiah 9:6-7).
How is peace brought to the world? God comes into the world bringing all the qualities that guarantee justice and righteousness. For followers of Jesus, this prophetic vision was fulfilled in the coming of the Christ-child. Followers of Jesus know we live in the here and not yet in the fulfillment of the prophetic vision. There is still a complete fulfillment of these words of Isaiah awaiting our world. – Ron Friesen