Isa.9:6 – For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
This is an amazing prophesy about the birth and ministry of our Lord. Today, my eyes fall on the passage “rest on His shoulders”. What an amazing picture Isaiah is painting, this child is born for me and I am resting on His shoulders. Have you ever been carried on someone’s shoulders? That is a place of amazing rest and protection. I remember a family vacation a long time ago when we were climbing up to Chimney Tops in the Smokey Mountains. It was several miles round trip and the walk there was all uphill. My youngest son, Micah, a small child at the time, had to be carried on my shoulders for much of the way up. Thinking about that scene, the ascent to the beautiful view at the top, reminds me of our present upward journey. The best news of all is that I am resting on the shoulders of this promised Son and He is carrying me all the way to the top. Here is how Martin Luther described this phrase.
“Therefore this text needs to be preached well. Christ must carry us, must pay and make satisfaction for our sin, must suffer for us. He had to carry us before God on the cross, and still today he needs to carry us and bear patiently with us. He does not want to be served but to serve us sinners [Mark 10:45]. You will not earn anything from him. You should not carry him; he must carry you. He says, ‘I will pardon all your sins and all your guilt shall rest on my shoulders. Even all the saints rested on my shoulders and had to be carried by me, no matter who they were—Isaiah, Peter, Paul, everyone from the greatest to the least. Only those whom I carry on my shoulders are my country, people, and kingdom. Those not on my shoulders are not my kingdom.’”
The journey in front of you might seem daunting but I promise, “the view is worth the climb”. Climb on His shoulders and enjoy the journey, trying to make it on your own never turns out well.