“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6, KJV).
The Old Testament prophet Isaiah recorded a most outstanding Christmas greeting. “A child is born” refers to the Messiah’s humanity; “a son is given” refers to His deity. Notice that the Son wasn’t born, for He existed from eternity past. It was the “child” Who was born, and according to another prophecy in Isaiah 7:14, He would be born of a virgin.
What does this passage teach us about the names of the Messiah?
First, as our Wonderful Counselor, Christ will never be faced with changing one word of His instruction. The Bible says in Psalm 147:5, “Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.”
Second, as our Mighty God, we are reminded of Christ’s awesome power and authority. Remember that Jesus told his disciples, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18b).
Third, as our Everlasting Father, Christ is presented as the eternal God, as He told us in John 10:30, “I and my Father are one.”
Finally, as our Prince of Peace, Christ is manifested in His approachableness. “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace…” (Ephesians 2:13-14a).
In the Lord Jesus Christ we not only find lasting peace with God, but peace with one another. This is the life-changing message of Christmas!
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).
“Jesus! oh how sweet the name,
Jesus! every day the same;
Jesus! let all saints proclaim
Its worthy praise forever!”