Isaiah was an 8th century B.C. prophet who prophesied about the coming messiah. In chapter 9 he begins by saying, “But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of nations” (Isaiah 9:1 ESV).
The people were in anguish–being mistreated, suffering, and waiting for God to intervene. He promised there would be no more gloom for those who were in anguish. Then came the great news: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (vs. 6). The Messiah was going to establish the throne of David and uphold it with justice and righteousness forever (vs. 7).
We cannot connect people to God without telling them who the Christ is. In a world full of suffering we should point people to the only One who can give them hope. It’s easy to see Isaiah’s prophesies play out in the life of Christ. Even today we live with incredible hope, knowing that his throne built on justice and righteousness prevails. We have much to be hopeful for!