“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 Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa. 9:6)
There are three beautiful truths in this very timely Christmas prophecy of Isaiah 9:6-7.
First, we see His NATURE
Isaiah describes the “dual nature” of the coming Messiah—He is both a child born and a Son given. As a result of the miracle of the virgin birth, Christ was both God and man. His human nature is revealed in the phrase “a child is born.” His Divine nature is revealed in the phrase “a son is given.” As God, He wasn’t born, He was given as a gift from heaven. The first advent of Christ involved not just the birth of a human baby, but the arrival of the eternal God--an incarnation. Truly, He was the "Word made flesh".
Second, we see His NAMES
Isaiah gives us four names for this coming Messiah, and each has its own descriptive adjective (forming four separate grammatical “couplets”):
1. Wonderful Counselor. Most Bible scholars agree the word “wonderful” goes with counselor, and means supernatural, miraculous. Truly Jesus is extraordinary as our Friend, Helper, Counselor. There are three reasons why Christ is the perfect counselor: First, He knows my need. Even before I tell Him. Sometimes when I am depressed, I don’t even know what my problem is! It is a good thing to go to Him and tell Him what is on my heart, but in reality, He already knows it. He sees straight through me. Second, He has the answer. He has the answer to my problem because He IS the answer! Christ is the all-sufficient God of the universe. If He created the world, He can handle my problem. When it comes to spiritual advice, He wrote the Book. Third, He has the power to change my life. Good Christian counselors may understand my need and have an answer in the Word of God, but they cannot change my life. Only the power of Christ can affect change. Thankfully, He can make me what I need to be—what I cannot change by myself!
2. Mighty God. The deity of the Christ child is the emphasis of this prophetic name.
3. Everlasting Father. He is eternal; one with God the Father. He did not begin His existence at Bethlehem. “From everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” (Psa. 90:2)
4. Prince of Peace. Jesus said, “In the world you shall have tribulation.” That is an understatement if there ever was one. “But in Me you may have peace.” (John 16:33) “He Himself is our peace.” (Eph. 2:14)
Third, we see His NOBILITY
Isaiah goes on to prophesy the role, or the mission, of the coming Messiah. “The government shall be upon His shoulder.” He came as the King of Israel to sit upon the throne of His father David. He was born as King of the Jews (Matt. 2:2) Do you remember what the angel announced to Mary? "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David, and He shall rule over the house of Jacob forever" (Luke 1:32-33). That part of Isaiah's prophecy has not yet been fulfilled. That is why, as we celebrate His birth, we look forward to His SECOND coming, when He will take over the governments of this world. At that time the words of Rev. 11:15 will be a reality: "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" I feel like I can burst out singing the Hallelujah Chorus at any moment.