Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
According to Isaiah 9:6, "For unto us a child is born, unto 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."
"A child is born" indicates Jesus' humanity because He came from a woman like every other human. God sent Jesus into the word as a human so He could relate to other humans and be an example for them.
"A Son is given " indicates Jesus' deity. Since God is a Spirit, He wrapped Himself in flesh and came as a son.
Isaiah's Names for Jesus Before He Born
Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would come to earth 700 years before it happened. The prophet gave the coming Messiah four two-word descriptive names that represented his earthly life for 33 years.
Those names reflected Jesus as a person and His reign on earth. Each name identifies Jesus as a Wonderful Counselor, a Mighty God, an Everlasting Father and as the Prince as Peace. While each one would have been powerful enough, all four names together show that Jesus was the most powerful one on earth then and now.
1. Wonderful Counselor
Wonderful was the first of the four names Isaiah said Jesus would be called. The Hebrew word for "Wonderful" means miraculous. That means Jesus is a miraculous counselor, unlike any earthly counselor. He can do what no one else can ever do.
Since Jesus Christ is the Wonderful Counselor, He can work miracles in your life if you let Him.
Many people have been to therapists, marriage counselors, guidance counselors, pastors, and others for advice. However, Jesus Christ is the best counselor with ideal advice.
Jesus knows all because He is omniscience. According to Colossians 2:3, "In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Jesus is called "Counselor" because He Himself has all the answers.
When you have Jesus in your life, you have the answer with you at all time because Jesus is the answer to every question, the solution to every problem, and the best way out of every troubling situation.
2. Mighty God
His name is "Mighty God" because there is none like Him. Luke 1:49 declares, "For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name." Jesus Christ came to earth and was mighty in His humanity. Jesus Christ is still mighty in His deity.
It is amazing that Jesus who came as a little baby in a manger would be called Mighty God. He changed the course of human history even as a baby. His birth affected everyone and everything, including kings and kingdoms, shepherds, angels, wise men, animals, and all creation. Nothing has remained the same since the birth of the Mighty God.
3. Everlasting Father
"Everlasting" is one of those eternal words that means "forever" and "always." To say Jesus is the "Everlasting Father" means He was, is, and will always be.
An "Everlasting Father" is one who cares for, protects, and provides for His children, and that's exactly what Jesus did when He was here on earth. He is still changing lives because He is everlasting. He came as the "Everlasting Father" so we could have everlasting life.
4. Prince of Peace
Peace is freedom having tranquility in your life. It is the opposite of disturbance, chaos and disharmony. Jesus came to earth to bring peace into the world by being the "Peace of Prince" embodiment of peace Himself.
Therefore, when we have Jesus in our heart, we have peace.
Jesus is all of those names that Isaiah spoke about Him hundreds of years before He was born. After He was born, He did not deviate from those identifications.
Today, we don't have to lean on our own understanding because Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor, according to Proverbs 3:5-6.
We can depend on the Mighty God, a mighty king over all the gods. He rules over the whole earth, from the deepest caves to the highest hills. He rules over the sea, which he made; the land also, which he himself formed, according to Psalm 95:3-5.
Because God is an Everlasting Father, we can always call Him Abba just as Jesus did, according to Mark 14:36.
It is good to know that Jesus is the Prince of Peace every single day and not just during the holiday season. Jesus promised us peace, according to John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled."
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 20, 2018: