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. (NIV) Isaiah 9:6
I chose to memorise this verse in the week leading up to Christmas. It was always one of my favourites in terms of prophecies of Jesus’ birth and so powerful as it highlights different characteristics of Jesus.
I decided to look up the definition of some of these words in the dictionary to get a better understanding of who Jesus was prophesied to be in this verse:
Counselor: an advisor ie a person who offers an opinion or recommendation as a guide to action, conduct
Jesus gives us advice on how to live our lives in a way that honours Him. He does that by the Holy Spirit and through His Word. He’s the best there is at guiding us.
God: the creator and ruler of the universe.
Genesis tells us that in the beginning God created heaven and earth. Our God is all powerful, He was at the beginning and always will be.
Father: a man who exercises paternal care over other persons, paternal protector or provider.
A good earthly father looks out for his children, protecting them and giving them that which helps them. God is the ultimate father and his love for us is deeper and never-ending. We can rest in that knowledge
Prince: a person that is chief or preeminent in any class, group, etc
Prince Jesus came to us in a way so far removed from that of nobility being born in a stable and being wrapped in swaddling clothes. God constantly turns traditions on its head and with the birth of His Son, that was certainly the case.
Jesus came to be our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace and the list continued as He became our Saviour and when we choose to accept Him, He ultimately becomes our Lord.
Which characteristic of Jesus resonates with you most this season?
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