“For to us a child is born,
to 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.” Isaiah 9:6
Unto you. Unto me. Unto us.
Jesus was born. A child yet a king, helpless yet perfect, hungry yet needing nothing, young yet wise, under authority yet having all authority, sinless yet becoming sin for us as our Savior. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
He is one and only Son of God, and Son of man. Fully divine, and fully human. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin woman. With God in the beginning, and from the line of Abraham and David. (Matthew 1:2,6,16,18,20-21; John 1:1-2; 3:16)
The government was, and is, and always shall be, upon his shoulder. Between His shoulders we rest, underneath His everlasting arms we are secure, and by His arm we are ruled and rewarded, held and upheld and carried, redeemed and delivered. (Deuteronomy 33:12,27; Isaiah 40:10-11; 41:10; 50:2)
He has a name, “Jesus,” a strong tower to which we can run and be safe, and saved from sin. His name is Immanuel, “God with us,” a name above every other name, before which one day all will bow. He owns one indescribable name known only to Him, and also is identified as King of kings, Lord of lords. (Proverbs 18:10; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21,23; Philippians 2:9; Revelation 19:12,16)
His name is Wonderful, from everlasting to everlasting working wonders. He is Counselor, abiding with us forever to teach, remind, help, comfort, console, convict. (Psalm 77:14; John 14:16-17,26; 16:8)
He is Mighty God, incomparably strong, almighty, the One against whom none and nothing can prevail. He is Victor, the shield round about us, our fortress, high tower, rock. He contends with those who contend with us, and shares His power with the faint. (Psalm 3:3; 18:2; Isaiah 40:25,29-31; 49:25; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57)
He is the Everlasting, beloved Abba Father. How great is His love for us that we’re called His children! He has called generations of children from the beginning, and keeps us to the end, never fainting or failing and always showing compassion. He has carved our names in the palms of His hands, knowing we are but dust, and disciplining us as His own. (Psalm 103:13; Isaiah 40:28; 41:4; 49:16; Romans 8:15-17; Hebrews 12:7-11; 1 John 3:1)
He is Prince of Peace. His peace is not as the world gives. He gives peace with God through redemption, and is our peace with others, breaking down walls of hostility. His peace rules over the storms, and abides in the midst of them. His peace is beyond human understanding, more powerful than any tribulation, and guards our hearts and minds in His power and name. (Mark 4:37-39; John 14:27; 16:33; Romans 5:1; Philippians 2:14; 4:7)
To us, this Savior has come. To us He is real, alive, and present.
What difference is He making in our thinking, our living, our loving? These truths about Jesus transform every doubt, fear, wound, grief, motivation, and longing. He is here, in and for us.
Incomparable God, thank You for all You have given to me in Jesus. In turn, I offer myself to You, that I live and breathe and love fully unto You, and for Your renown and glory.