“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. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.” – Isaiah 9:6-7
Isaiah writes this announcement in the context of the Assyrian threat of extinction.
Bad news abounded.
But in Chapter 9 of Isaiah there is a signal that this and all similar challenges will come to an end. In place of gloom and distress will come great joy (Isaiah 9:3).
Isaiah gives three separate reasons for rejoicing, with the third one, which we consider here, the most powerful. The best reason for rejoicing is that a new leader will be born. This new leader, this child and son, will be none other than the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
While we often focus on the names given to this new leader, as I studied the passage the things that struck me were those aspects that pointed to Christ’s humanity and deity – that expressed His divine and human qualities – giving assurance that He is indeed Immanuel. Specifically,
- “Unto us a son is born; unto us a child is given” – the verbs are consistent with His humanity (“born”) and His diety (“given”); and
- “Mighty God” – if birth indicates His human descent, this title indicates His divine nature and stresses His might and power.
And why is this important? Its importance is found in that we needed one who was both human and divine as our mediator. For it is only through this Mediator and His life, death, and resurrection that we can be reconciled to God.
1 Timothy 2:5-6 tells us “for there is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men – the testimony given in its proper time.”
Thank you, God, that you sent your Son – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – to reconcile us to yourself. It is in His name we pray. Amen.
~ Sharon Shephard