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Friday, December 9, 2016

And His Name Shall Be Called...

...Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

These are the names attributed to Jesus in Isaiah 9:6. I have read these words many times. I have sung them and heard them sung by others. Today, the Lord wanted me to really think about what they mean.

Wonderful Counselor. Jesus is a source of guidance for us. His words provide us wisdom and counsel. And, since we read in John 1:1 that Jesus is the Word, that applies to every word of the Bible. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is our guide. He shows us how we should live. As the Word of God, He is a light to our path. Jesus truly is a Wonderful Counselor.

Mighty God. Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity. Through Him, all things were made. Although He was born as a human child, with all of the frailties we humans have, He was also God incarnate. He has the power to heal and the power to restore. Even in His earthly form, He was able to heal the sick, raise the dead, restore sight to the blind, and enable the lame to walk. He defeated the powers of darkness. Jesus is a Mighty God.

Everlasting Father. This name puzzled me a bit. Jesus is the Son of God. The Father is the first person of the Trinity. So, how could Jesus be the Everlasting Father? As I thought about this, I was reminded of what Jesus Himself has told us. He said that He and the Father are one and that the person who has seen Him has also seen the Father. Jesus points the way to the Father. As part of the triune God, Jesus is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is eternal. Jesus is the Everlasting Father.

Prince of Peace. Jesus brings us comfort and peace. When we seek Him through any trials and tribulations that we face, He brings us peace. In John 16:33, Jesus tells us that in this world we will have trouble, tribulations, and trials, but in Him we have peace. Why? Because He has overcome the world. Jesus reigns and He is the Prince of Peace.

Thank You, Lord, for Your Word, for Your Son, Jesus. Thank You that He is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.

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