Celebrating The King

My family loves traditions. Whenever there is a birthday celebration in my parents’ house, it’s tradition for each family member to talk about characteristics he or she appreciates about the birthday boy/girl. I think it’s only appropriate to celebrate Jesus the same way. J

 A well-known prophecy about the Messiah’s birth is found in Isaiah. Written hundreds of years before He was born, the prophecy tells the people of Israel who He would be:

“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulders, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” –Isaiah 9:6

This single verse contains a wealth of information about our Savior. In the Bible a person’s name is often a description of his or her character. Similarly, the names of God in Scripture describe aspects of His character.

Although all that Scripture says about God is true, it is not exhaustive! We will never know all that there is to know about God. Period. And that makes sense. After all, why should mere humanity be able to fully understand the God of the universe?

But this should not paralyze us in our pursuit of God. It should encourage us to seek after Him even harder. God’s infinite beauty and majesty should simultaneously cause us to stop and gaze in awe, and to chase after and long for Him more.

One of the ways that God has chosen to reveal Himself is through His names. Here are a few of the names (and characteristics!) of Jesus that are in Isaiah 9:6:

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Wonderful Counselor:

He is our Counselor! Jesus Christ is the One who is fit to direct our lives. He is full of wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2). He is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom (Isaiah 28:29). His glory should fill our hearts with wonder.

Not only that, but He has made His wisdom and counsel available to us individually through the Holy Spirit. In John 16, Jesus is preparing to leave His disciples after living life with them for three years. He comforts them by telling them that it is better for them that He leaves. What?? What could be better than having Jesus in the flesh with us? But Jesus says that it is better because “the Helper” would come to them after He left. Do we really believe the value of having the Holy Spirit inside of us?

When you became a Christian, the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the trinity, came to live inside of YOU. He was given to us so that we could be led by Him. He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment (Jn 16:8), He guides you into all truth (Jn 16:13), and He will dwell in you forever (Jn 14:16-17). He will give you the ability to live wisely and walk in obedience (Ezekiel 36:26-27)… how comforting! If you belong to Jesus, these promises belong to you.

Mighty God:

Jesus is our mighty God! What a straight-forward statement of Jesus’ deity. Jeremiah 32:17-19 says that God has made the heavens and the earth by His great power. He created the heavens and the earth! He continues, “Nothing is too hard for You. You show steadfast love to thousands, but you repay the guilt of fathers to their children after them, O great and mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts, great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man, rewarding each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds.” Here are a few more verses you can look up about His might and His deity: Genesis 1, Deuteronomy 10:17, Nehemiah 9:32, Psalm 24:8, Isaiah 42:13, John 1.

Everlasting Father:

He is our everlasting Father. This is one of those places that we see the beautiful mystery of the trinity. In 1 John 3 we read that Christians have been adopted into the family of God. Verse one says, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us that we should be called children of God, and so we are.”

He is everlasting. The Hebrew for “everlasting” means “perpetuity, forever, continuing future.” He is “‘the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.’” (Revelation 1:8).

Prince of Peace:

Jesus is our Prince of Peace. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 tells us that God has reconciled (made peace with) us to Himself through Jesus. Before we were saved we were His enemies. But God, the offended One, took the first step in forgiveness. There was a “great exchange” as Martin Luther called it. God made Jesus, who knew no sin, to be sin for us. Not only that, but He did that so that we might be the righteousness of God! Thus He became the ultimate Peacemaker. He took on our sin and gave us His righteousness so that we could have a restored relationship with God.

One of the fruits that the Spirit produces in our lives is peace (Galatians 5). If you are experiencing a lack of peace in your life right now, ask God why that might be. Is it sin? Circumstances beyond your control? Fear? Disappointment? Humbly ask Him if He would do a supernatural work and provide that. He is our Prince of Peace and has blessed us with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1).

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This Christmas thank Jesus for who He is and what He has done. Thank Him for being YOUR Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.

**By the way, if you are interested in studying the names of God, you should get Kay Arthur’s study Lord, I Want to Know You!

 

 

Emily is a native of Athens, GA, who never left. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2009 and now works for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at UGA and Watkinsville First Baptist Church. She loves spending time with college students, cheering on the Dawgs, running, and drinking an unhealthy amount of coffee.

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