Isaiah 9, 10
Focus Verse: 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
A child was born to us. A son was given to us…and is with us still.
This prophecy by Isaiah was fulfilled in part, and it will be fulfilled completely at the second coming of Jesus the Christ.
Christ is our Wonderful Counselor because His character is wonderful. His Word, His creation, His promises, and His ways leave us full of wonder. Oftentimes, when we describe something as wonderful today we mean that it is good or beautiful or awesome; but when we describe God as wonderful, we are saying that He is beyond our comprehension and understanding. Because His ways are higher than our ways and because He is omniscient, we can go to Him for counsel about any matter. No problem or question leaves Him baffled. He is our Wonderful Counselor.
Christ is our Mighty God because He is God. He and His Father are one and the same. And He is mighty…through the world that He created, through the miracles that He worked, through the salvation that He gave…Christ is our Mighty God. Conquering, delivering, supporting, loving, helping, protecting, redeeming, judging, strengthening…Christ is a Mighty God who is always on the move for His own.
Christ is our Everlasting Father because He is one with His Father. Together, they have been in existence before time began and will be in existence forevermore. He has no ending, but is from everlasting to everlasting. Because of this, we can depend on Him fully and trust in Him completely. Family members may die, friends may leave, and the world will one day end…but Christ will never leave or forsake us. He is the Giver of everlasting life and whoever receives His free gift has Him for an Everlasting Father.
Christ is our Prince of Peace because He is the source of all true peace. Through the shedding of His blood on the cross, He authored peace between God and sinners. By providing one Gospel for all people, He authored peace between Jews and Gentiles. And today, He gives peace to all who choose to follow Him. He is our Prince of Peace.