Rev. Jonathan Latham

“For unto us a child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace, there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV)

During this season of giving, perhaps it would be wise to review a scripture passage that foretells the most valuable gift ever given to humanity. Hundreds of years before there was a Christmas, the prophet Isaiah details a Holy child’s birth. He would one day rule the world eternally as the perfect sovereign. In these verses, five names describe the Son, who would come. They tell us who He is and what He would do.

The first name is “Wonderful.” It is translated this way by most Bible translations. Curiously, it can also be translated as “beyond comprehension.” The Scriptures are clear that God is inscrutable to us.

Job says, “Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him...” (Job 36:26 NKJV)

Furthermore, we see that God’s ways and thoughts are more significant than ours:

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV)

The Incomparable God becomes the perfect human while maintaining his eternal Holy Deity. Such a thing was and is beyond our comprehension.

Just as this Son remains outside our limited ability to understand Him, He is far greater than the best of the counselors of this world. The Bible tells us that God is infinitely more intelligent than we are. His is all-knowing and all-present. I don’t know of any other counselor with those qualifications. Of even more importance is the fact that He loves us and desires the best for us. It only makes sense that His counsel would be the most beneficial advice by which we should live.

Next, as the Eternal Father, He lovingly protects, provides and will never be replaced or die. Therefore his just reign will, for all eternity, bring perfect harmony for all mankind. Thus, He is called the Prince of Peace. No longer will there be wars and conflicts. Never again will there be unrighteous leaders. Instead, this Prince will cherish us as His family. His cruel death on the cross proves how deeply King Jesus loves us. However, to be a part of His family, one needs to trust in Christ Jesus as Savior.

Christmas should be a reminder that God’s “only begotten Son,” the most precious gift of all, will one day return and finish what He has begun. As Isaiah says, “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

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