“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.” (Isaiah 9:6, ESV)
On that first Christmas Eve over two thousand years ago when Jesus left Heaven to come to earth to be born of a woman, the world was forever changed. The Bible tells us that from birth the power to rule and reign over the earth was placed upon His broad shoulders. He came that night to save His people from their sins.
In the passage above Isaiah attributes four titles to the coming Messiah; the first is “Wonderful Counselor.” A counselor is one who is able to make wise plans. Aren’t you glad that our Lord has a wise plan for your life? Jesus isn’t surprised by your circumstances or trials. He has a plan and it is for your good and the fulfillment of His mission through you.
The second title is “Mighty God.” Jesus came as a humble human baby boy born to a teenage mother in a stable. Though Jesus entered through humble circumstances, He is now in Heaven ruling as the supreme authority in the universe. He is our “Mighty God” and there is nothing he can’t do. We must learn to trust in His might and submit to His rule.
The third title is “Everlasting Father.” Jesus is not like our earthly father; his authority, love, faithfulness, guidance, and provision is everlasting and unconditional. Where our earthly fathers failed, he will never fail. Our role model for parenting is not our parents, it’s Christ. He perfectly demonstrates how to be a loving parent.
The fourth and final title Isaiah attributes to Christ in this passage is that of “Prince of Peace.” Jesus makes the peace between sinful man and our righteous God. Only in Christ is the wrath of God satisfied. His sacrifice brought peace between us and God and that peace should flow through us into our relationships with one another. Is there someone you are not at peace with? This Christmas, give the gift of peace to those you are in conflict with. We look most like Christ when we are making peace.
We would like wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May Jesus, our “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, & Prince of Peace,” bless you this week and in the weeks and years to come. May you know Him more, serve Him faithfully, and make Him known to the world. We love you.