Isaiah 9:6-7, 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. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Peter tells us that “the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you,…” (1 Peter 1:10-12). I believe this passage of Scripture pretty much explains the feelings Isaiah must’ve had when God gave him the promises of the Messiah. He must’ve thought to himself, “Who is this child?”
Repeatedly, throughout the Old Testament, there are passages that clearly refer to Jesus as the Messiah. It must’ve been hard to conceive God coming to earth in a human body through birth. That is the way God chose and it was not one of many choices. It was the only choice from the very beginning. Salvation must ultimately come from God and cannot be earned by mankind. It was necessary that Jesus be born just as we have been in order to combine full deity and full humanity in one person. That clearly describes Jesus. He is very God of very God and always will be. When the Spirit of God moved in Isaiah to reveal God’s will a part of it was this strange idea that…
A child is born. Let’s go to John’s gospel to better understand all this. Let’s read John 3:16-18. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
That child was born because of the love of God. He loved his creation so much that he would become like us so that we could become like him. When the angel appeared over the shepherds that night they were filled with great fear. I’m sure any of us would have been equally fearful. The angel’s announcement stated that he was bringing good news of great joy for everyone on earth past, present, and future.
We are all born condemned because of the infection of sin passed down from our ancestors. In order to heal the hurt, solve the problem, and bring his people into his kingdom there had to be a child born and…
A Son is given. Let’s look at Romans 8:32. He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
In the context of this passage we are told that God works for good with those who love him. He has better gifts and greater gifts than any human father could consider. Our heavenly Father will give good things to those who ask him (Matthew 7:11). It is appropriate that we consider these passages of Scripture during the Thanksgiving season. When we realize that God is the definition and source of all good we will realize that God himself is the ultimate good. Then we will be stimulated toward good works as his children. God loved the world so much that he sent a child to be born who would grow into a son given for us.
As wonderful as this is it is not enough! He came to die on the cross for our salvation and was raised again with power to ultimately rule the earth and all its inhabitants. As he grows beyond his childhood it becomes very obvious that he is the one spoken of in Isaiah. There are many other passages of the Bible that assure us that…
He shall govern. Let’s look at the prophecy of Daniel 7:14. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
The vision that Daniel saw must been awe-inspiring! The Messiah, called the Son of Man, came with the clouds of heaven. When Jesus was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven angels spoke to his disciples assuring them that he would come again just as they saw him going. A cloud took him out of their sight! Daniel saw that very same cloud carrying him to the Ancient of Days! And when he stood before the throne he was given dominion and glory and a kingdom that involved all people everywhere. During the 2000 years since Christ ascended into heaven the gospel is being preached all over the earth. Jesus promised that when the gospel of the kingdom would be proclaimed throughout the whole world then the end will come (Matthew 24:14). If you’re looking forward to the coming of Christ go out and preach the gospel because he will not come until it has gone everywhere.
The son who was given and who will govern the nations will be able to meet all of our needs. First of all we are told that…
He is the Wonderful Counselor. Let’s read Jeremiah 32:18-19. You show steadfast love to thousands, but you repay the guilt of fathers to their children after them, O great and mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts, 19 great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man, rewarding each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds.
Jeremiah also saw things that he did not understand. And among them is this promise that his steadfast love goes to thousands. When Jesus did come into this world he amazed the people around him. When officers were sent to arrest him they were unable to lay hands on him. When their rulers wanted to know why they did not bring him, they answered, “No one ever spoke like this man!” (John 7:46).
This one came into the world as a child and grew to become a ruler who was also a Wonderful Counselor actually he was more than that! What am I saying? When we look to Jesus we should not be so concerned with who he was we need to reinforce the idea of who he is. And one of those titles tell us that…
He is the Mighty God. Let’s read John 10:27-30. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
Not only was it difficult for the prophets to understand what they had seen and reported it was difficult for the disciples to understand what they were seeing and hearing. The one born in Bethlehem that night was not just a baby. He was (and is) the Mighty God! Repeatedly Jesus told them, one way or another, that he and the Father are the same! This is a concept that is very hard to grasp but is clearly presented by Jesus. Not only is he Mary’s baby boy…
He is the Everlasting Father. Let’s read John 14:8-10. Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
This is a very hard concept for a human to grasp. That the one who came as a child — a son – who would govern the nations of the world was himself the Mighty God and the Everlasting Father! Earlier, in John’s Gospel, John had written for us, “No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” (John 1:18)
Jesus himself was seen by Isaiah under the influence of the Holy Spirit and was understood to be the one given for us. Jesus was — and is — the Wonderful Counselor! Jesus was — and is — the Mighty God! Jesus was — and is — the Everlasting Father! And also…
He is the Prince of Peace. Listen while I read Colossians 1:19-20. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, spoke of the time when the tender mercy of our God would be the light for those who sit in darkness and would be the one to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:78-79). On the night of Jesus’ birth the angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14) We are assured that the Lord is at hand, and therefore, we have nothing to be anxious about. The absence of anxiety is given to us when we take everything to God in prayer and thanksgiving and then the peace of God, beyond all understanding, will be our guard eternally (Philippians 4:5b-7). When we focus on the things that God has given us then the God of peace will be with us.
The “child” that Isaiah saw became the Son who would reign over all things and all time. This “child” is often seen by us as a baby in a manger! However, we must remember that he is the Wonderful Counselor; he is the Mighty God; he is the Everlasting Father; he is the Prince of Peace! And from the throne of David…
His rule will never end. Let’s read Revelation 1:5b-6. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
John, in his old age, saw The Revelation of Jesus Christ. He spoke of Jesus as the one who is and who was and who is to come surrounded by the seven spirits before his throne. Jesus Christ the faithful witness the firstborn from the dead and ruler of the kings on earth has freed us from our sins by his blood.
Peter wrote, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9). Peter saw what God had done with his people. 700 years before Christ, Isaiah had seen the same thing! Isaiah saw the one who would begin to rule in peace and would continue forever fulfilling all the promises of all the ages. That, my friends, is what Christmas is all about!
As we enter into the Advent season we must recognize that the Lord Jesus Christ remains forever the same. The prophecies of his coming began in the Garden of Eden when the offspring of the woman is mentioned. Repeatedly throughout the Old Testament there is the promise of someone coming who was symbolized in the sacrificial system. Without him there is no hope in this age or the age to come. Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise to the prophets. They did not understand but they did believe. It is essential that we believe. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead and you will be saved.
All scriptures quotes are from: The Holy Bible: English standard version. 2001. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society