isaiah 9 - prince of peace

Isaiah 9:6 Child is Born #254

Being that we are so close to Christmas, I wanted to take a break from 1 John and instead share a passage that I know I have shared before, but want to share again. Isaiah 9:6 says, 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.”

This verse is the prophetic word given by Isaiah, which is later fulfilled in the New Testament when Jesus is born. It’s packed full of content, so to make it easier to share, I have broken it down!

For to us a child is born – Isaiah emphasizes the point that not only would the awaited Messiah be a child, but a son too. This verse shows us that the Messiah would be a man, but come into this world as a baby. If we think of the most helpless and weak person it’s a very small baby, right? Babies are 100% dependent on their caretaker. I love that Jesus was born as a baby, so that he could fully identify with man.

To us a Son is given – Jesus was given as a free gift to you. You don’t have to work your way into having a relationship with him. Even though you don’t have to earn him, you do have to accept him.

The government will be on his shoulders – Jesus is born to the royal priesthood, the strongest dominion of all! He still reigns today and is sovereign over all!

Wonderful Counselor – Jesus is full of wonder. Wonder defined in the dictionary says, ‘a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.’ Isn’t that so true about Jesus? You can’t ever get bored with him. When you realize how wonderful he is then you are just left in true awe and amazement. I also love that one of his names is counselor because there is no better counselor than him. Often times we are so quick to run to our spouse or a friend, when the most wonderful counselor of all is waiting to listen and advise us!

Mighty God – Mighty is defined as ‘possessing great and impressive power or strength’. This is such a straightforward description of God. He is the God of all creation and glory and the Lord who reigns over all.

Everlasting Father – He is the source of all creation and the father who reigns over it all. His reign is never-ending, timeless, boundless and infinite.

Prince of Peace – He is the only one who can bring peace. He is the ultimate peace giver. He is why peace is possible, even in the middle of storms, because peace is a person and it’s Jesus.

This week take the time to reflect on our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace!

isaiah 9 - prince of peace

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