“For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever. The zeal of the Lord of Armies will accomplish this” (Isaiah 9:6-7 CSB).
This Child born is the Son of the virgin mentioned back in Isaiah 7.14. The first two phrases tell us that a Child is born (birth of Christ) and a Son is given (crucifixion of Christ). Everything following in Isaiah’s prophecy points to His coming Millennial Kingdom. Then, the government will be upon His shoulder. He will be the King reigning.
There are now four descriptive phrases of the King: 1) Wonderful Counselor; 2) Mighty God; 3) Everlasting Father; 4) Prince of Peace. First, He has wisdom to govern the people of the world perfectly. Second, He has the power to carry out His rule with an iron scepter. Third, He is the everlasting Father in the sense that He is the Father of all those who are redeemed. Adam is the father of all living beings. Christ is the last Adam and became a life-giving spirit (1 Corinthians 15.45). Finally, He is the Prince of Peace. The 1,000 year reign of Christ will be marked by the absence of war and violence. It will fulfill the Davidic Covenant and satisfy the promises of God. It will be a time of great blessing.
Of the increase of Christ’s government and peace there will be no end. The government of Christ does not increase through war but through peace. His justice and judgment are characteristic of His reign. His reign and rule is forever. This will be a fulfillment of the promise God made to David in 2 Samuel 7.12-17 (NKJV):
“When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”
So our text today is all about the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is a Child born, a Son given, and King forever. Do you believe that Jesus Christ was born to die for your sins? Do you believe that as an eternal King, His sovereignty extends over the choices you make today? Some very important considerations!