There is so much tension and war within our world today. There is a great need for peace in this passage and in our world. But who can restore that peace we so desperately need? Isaiah 9 promises a divine King, a promised Child, Jesus Christ who will rule perfectly over God's people and usher in peace. He has brought this peace through the coming of God's kingdom and through great sacrifice, bearing our sin and our shame on the cross, so that we may have an eternal relationship with God and avoid death. Only through belief in Jesus and his great sacrifice can we find this peace. As you spend time with friends and family this festive season, keep in mind what and who Christmas is really about, bring your worries and anxieties before him and persevere with God as Lord.