Text: Isaiah 9.6-7 – “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end…”
I want to thank our Choir for all their preparations and hard work on their Christmas music. Music played a very important role in the announcement of the Savior’s coming, especially in the Gospel of Luke.
However, 600 years before Christ’s birth, the prophet Isaiah composed this hymn under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called
The Mighty God
The Everlasting Father
The Prince of Peace
Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end…”
7 Expressions are given for the Redeemer:
1st – “a Child is born” as all other men, Christ Jesus was born, this declares His humanity.
2nd – “a Son is given” this refers to His deity. He is fully human and fully God and therefore able to save to the uttermost.
His name shall be called:
3rd – “Wonderful” – You cannot come up with an adequate name for the King of Kings. He is incomprehensible and therefore, Isaiah says simply, His name shall be called “Wonderful.”
4th – “Counselor” – People are in desperate need of Good Council. They go everywhere and get bad council, but they never come to the One who is infallible, truthful, insightful and discerning in His council. He is Wonderful, Counselor
5th – “The Mighty God” – Is it ever more clear the deity of Jesus Christ? He is not just a gracious teacher, not just a good man, not just a good example, BUT the Mighty God!
6th – “The Everlasting Father” – Or we call Him the Father of Eternity. This refers to His Authority. He is the Author of Eternity. Eternity originates with Him and so it is His domain and in it He specializes. Therefore, He is the dispenser of Eternal Life.
7th – His name shall be called “The Prince of Peace” – A great distance is between God and men, more than that, a great enmity between God and men. Jesus Christ came and “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” There is no other. All roads do not lead to Heaven. All religions are not the same. Jesus said, I am the Way, The Truth and the Life, no man comes to the Father but by me.”
7 Expressions for the Redeemer But -
One Action! – “And the government shall be upon His shoulder.” Let me illustrate what this means with the picture of the Jewish wedding ceremony.