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).
The prophecy which unfolds in Isaiah 8.22-9.7 has both a near and far fulfillment. Yesterday, we looked at this context and compared it with the New Testament (Part 1). God has revealed Himself in a progressive manner. Since it is Christmas Day, let’s examine the wonder of Christ in Christmas by unwrapping the gift of His person.
Jesus is a Child Born
John 1.14 states, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Galatians 4.4-5 state, “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
1 Timothy 3.16 states, “Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh.”
All of this New Testament revelation illuminates that which people in Isaiah’s day could not understand. Unto us a child is born. He is a child born of a virgin woman under the Law, to redeem those who were under the Law. The Child born would also become the Son God gave to the world.
Jesus is a Son Given
“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3.16). Jesus is the Son given (grace). He is the gift of God who Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us” (1 John 3.16a). Jesus is the Son given.
2 Corinthians 5.21 tells us that the Father made the Son who knew no sin to be sin for us. He stood in our place and absorbed the wrath of God that we deserve. He drained the dregs of judgment in the cup of God’s fierce indignation. Not for Himself but for you and for me. He died and was buried in a tomb. The third day He arose!
The Father raised up the Son, Jesus our Lord, from the dead. Jesus was the Son given because of our offenses and the Son raised because of our justification (Romans 4.25).
Jesus is a King Forever
1. He is the Wonderful Counselor – The Bible exhorts us as believers to be knit together in love, and attain to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2.6). Jesus is wisdom personified. He is the Word become flesh! His ways and judgements are beyond our comprehension. We look to Him for wisdom and guidance! He is the King Forever and the Wonderful Counselor!
2. He is the Mighty God – He is not only God with us; He is God over us. If Jesus is not God, then He could not be the Son given. If Jesus is not God, then He could not reign as King. He shares in all the attributes of the Father. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present. The Mighty God is the Lord of glory crucified. It is His blood that is the purchase-price of our redemption: matchless blood and flawless blood. He is King Forever and the Mighty God!
3. He is the Everlasting Father – This text is not saying that Jesus the Son is actually God the Father. We believe in the triune nature of God: Father, Son, and Spirit, three persons and yet one God. So how is Jesus the everlasting Father. He has begotten us as children by His word and Spirit. Jesus is the second Adam. He is the giver and source of everlasting life. Through His blood, He has opened the new and better way to God. We are adopted into the family of God through supernatural rebirth. Jesus made this possible. He is the Everlasting Father in this sense. He is the King Forever and he Everlasting Father!
4. He is the Prince of Peace – While Jesus will reign upon David’s throne and bring peace to the entire world for 1,000 years, we as believers experience the benefit of peace today. He redeemed us and reconciled us to the Father. We are no longer enemies but children. Not only that, we have peace garrisoning our hearts to this day. Nobody is able to take this peace away from us. He is the King Forever and the Prince of Peace!
Father, all we can do is meditate upon these verses and simply get lost in wonder and in praise for Jesus, the Child born, the Son given, and the King forever. The more we think about this passage, the more devoted to Christ we become.
We are filled with wonder. He is the Child born: God in the flesh. You have revealed that the angels themselves are lost in wonder and desire to consider this great truth. Great is this mystery of godliness! Thanks be to You for Your indescribable gift (2 Corinthians 9.15)!
We are lost in praise. Our gratitude is heightened when we consider the incarnation of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. That He would be a Child born in order to become a Son given as a sacrifice compels gratitude within us. You put it there in our souls though the power of your Spirit. What can we give in return? We can never repay You for the Child born and the Son given, but we can give You our lives anew this Christmas morning.
Let us be filled with devotion and commitment. Let Your will be done on earth as it is done in Heaven. We submit ourselves to the King today and every day. We accept the gift of His reign over us.
You have bid us come. We have labored and we have been heavily burdened by our sin. We receive the rest only You give. We take Your yoke upon us. We will learn from You for you are gentle and lowly in heart. You will give us what we seek this Christmas: Rest for our souls. Lord Jesus, Your yoke is indeed easy; Your burden light. We bless You in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.