Read Isaiah 9-12
For unto 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.Isaiah 9:6
The Redeemer will come and bring to the world the dawning of a new day. We know that this prophecy refers to Christ because of the way it is quoted in Matthew 4:15-16. But Isaiah looked beyond the first coming of Christ to His second coming and the establishing of His righteous kingdom.
Isaiah 9:6 declares both the humanity ("A child is born") and the deity ("A son is given") of the Lord Jesus Christ. The prophet then leaps ahead to the Kingdom Age when Messiah will reign in righteousness and justice from David's throne. God had promised David that his dynasty and throne would be established forever, and this promise is fulfilled literally in Jesus Christ who will one day reign from Jerusalem.
If His name is "Wonderful," then there is nothing dull about His reign! As "Counselor," He has the wisdom to rule justly, and as the "Mighty God," He has the power to execute His wise plans. "Everlasting Father" does not suggest that the Son is also the Father, for each person in the Godhead is distinct. "Father of Eternity" is a better translation. Among the Jews, the word "father" means "originator" or "source." For example, Satan is the "father [originator] of lies" (John 8:44). If we want anything eternal, we must get it from Jesus Christ; He is the "Father of Eternity."
Applying God's Truth:
1. Isaiah saw not only the coming of Christ, but His second coming as well. How might our spiritual life change of you focused more on the future?
2. What do you most appreciate about the humanity of Jesus? What do you most appreciate about His deity?
3. Of the titles given the Messiah, which give you most encouragement? Why?
Devotions for Comfort and Hope©2005 by Dr. Warren Wiersbe. Used by permission of David C Cook. May not be further reproduced. All rights reserved.