For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NASB)
Todays post is an editted summary of the first chapter of John MacArthur’s book God With Us which I reviewed earlier. With the highlights from this first chapter I have added a few of my own comments. It is my prayer that this will be a blessing, enriching our understanding of the King in a manger.
Our scripture today apart from John 3:16 is one of the most recognisable verses of the Bible, we hear it recited and sung every Christmas time. In it we read of our Messiah and His unique Kingdom. What distinguishes the Messiah’s Kingdom from worldly kingdoms that we know? Isaiah 9:6 in its text give us four distinct features that make His Kingdom stand out from the crowd.
“Wonderful Counselor.” Jesus Christ never wasted any words, when He spoke it was always the right words at the right moment to the right people. My favourite example of this is found in John 8:1-11 where the Lord addresses the woman caught in adultery and her accusers; He said very little but also said much. This is the type of counsellor that we want in our corner, as Simon Peter accurately said “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.” (John 6:68).
“Mighty God.” He is God Almighty, the Creator who brought order out of cosmic chaos. 1 Corinthians 14:33 tells us that rather than confusion God brings peace. In Christ we have a Saviour who saves us from the chaos of sin and brings peace to our lives, peace with Him – Mighty God.
“Eternal Father.” Christ as God is the Father of Eternity, the Creator of all things. He spoke and gave birth to galaxies and stars! It is both astounding but simple enough for us to grasp, there is no complexity to it. Messiah’s Government of His Kingdom is both simple and uncomplicated.
“Prince of Peace.” Christ our Messiah ushers in His Kingdom and brings Peace with Him. He brings Peace from God (Rom.1:7), He makes Peace with God (Rom.5:1), and He brings the Peace of God (Phil.4:7) to those who follow Him. He truly is the Prince of Peace, that which comes to the children of God who follow the Messiah. The world in all its sin will never know peace until He returns again, soon!