“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light…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” (Isaiah 9: 2-6).

Among us, peace and justice are divided by the struggle for power. The so-called “law of the strongest” destroys justice and right. The weakness of the peacemakers makes peace fragile. It is only in the zeal of love that what power has separated can be put together again: in a just peace and in the right to peace. Peace and righteousness will only kiss and be one when the new person is born, and God is the Lord, who has created all things, arrives at His just rights in his creation. When God is in the world, then no one will want to be anyone else’s Lord and God anymore… but is this really possible here and now, or is it just a dream? There is nothing against dreams if they are good ones. The prophet gave the people in darkness, and us, this unforgettable dream. We should remain true to it. But he could only see the shadowy outline of the name of the divine child, born for the freedom of the world; he called him Wonderful Counselor, Mighty Hero, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. The New Testament proclaims to us the person Himself. He is Jesus Christ, the child in the manger, the preacher on the mount, the tormented man on the cross, the risen liberator. So according to the New Testament the liberator is already present and His power is already among us. We can follow Him, even today making visible something of the peace, liberty and righteousness of the kingdom that He will complete. It is no longer impossible. It has become possible for us in fellowship with Him. Let us share in His new creation of the world and –born again to a living hope—live as new man and women.

Adapted from “Watch for the Light” (Jürgen Moltmann)