For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)
We have names in our society that often don’t have meaning behind them or we don’t know the meaning.
When we read that a person had a certain name in the Bible, that name had a meaning behind it.
For example, Eve’s name means “Mother of all the living”
Abraham means “Father of a multitude”, or “Father of nations”.
The name of a person often told something about the character of the person or something about their nature.
Here in Isaiah we come across this passage and it says “His name will be called…” This passage telling us something about his nature and character.
This child that will be born, what’s so special about him?
He counsels us in the ways of God
The first descriptive name we come across is “Wonderful Counselor”.
This is the one who will counsel, tell us about God and about life, he will be wonderful, full of wisdom and knowledge and he will impart that wisdom to those who ask, to those who seek.
Love for God and love for mankind.
Jesus said seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, he said love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.
He told us that God was interested in the heart and not the outward appearance.
He told us how we are to put others ahead of ourselves. Christ is the “Wonderful counselor”.
The next name we come across is “Mighty God”.
God took on human flesh and dwelt among us.
We read in Paul’s letter that although he was God he didn’t think of his privileges as God something to be considered and held onto but emptied himself by becoming a man, taking on human flesh and being found as a servant.
This one to come was God himself living and moving and eating with sinners.
That means that God is not some impersonal force he is not distant or uninterested
He is concerned and loving and wanting us to seek him and when we do we find he’s never been far from us.
He will be an enduring, compassionate provider and protector
We read that the one to come, this child will be called “Everlasting Father”.
The idea of Father has a broader range of meaning than what we might think of at first.
In fact, we might ask the question is Jesus here the same as Father God that is God the Father?
No, God is one God in three persons all three are the One God but three distinct persons.
This name is saying not that Jesus is the Father and the Father is Jesus, but that Jesus is the Father of Eternity
He is the one who ushers in Eternal life.
Prince of Peace
He will be characterized by peace.
And he did bring peace.
The announcement of his birth was sounded with the words “peace on earth”.
Not that this peace between God and man, between men and men, and peace during trials.
Peace with God because sin is done away with, Peace with men because Christ brings all different people groups together in Him and Peace in this world because we know that he is in control.
Jesus truly is the “Prince of Peace”.
I hope we have seen Jesus a little closer.
- Wonderful Counselor
- Mighty God
- Everlasting Father
- Prince of Peace