READ : Isaiah 9:1-7
As we said yesterday, the first promise of the coming of the Savior is found already in Genesis 3, the chapter recording the Fall into sin. The Old Testament contains many other Messianic promises. An outstanding one referring to the birth of Christ is Isaiah 9. This passage tells of the birth of a Child who will be given great names indicative of His role in God’s plan of salvation. He will be called Wonderful Counselor. There are many counselors in today’s society. Christian counselors can be helpful to people with emo- tional problems. But we especially need Jesus to be our Wonderful Counselor.
He is called Mighty God. This child in the manger is God in human flesh, having great power. Another name is a puzzling one:Everlasting Father. It tells us He is eternal, He will always be there for us. But what about the name Father? Perhaps the best answer is given in His own words, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father,” and “I and the Father are one.” God is a Trinity but He is one God, and we only see His fatherhood through Christ.
The name Prince of Peace also has problems. He was born almost two thousand years ago, but there still is no peace in the world. The answer is that there is peace, peace with God, in the hearts of believers.
Father, thank You that this Child was born. Enable us to experience what His names mean. For His sake. Amen.