Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What's in a Name? - December 5, 2012

Isaiah 9:6(New International Version)
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called:

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6(New Century Version)
6 A child has been born to us;
God has given a son to us.
He will be responsible for leading the people.

His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God,
Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace.

You may wonder why I spend so much time on this passage in Isaiah. It is because this prophesy about the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, 700 years before the event was a very importnat thing. Many of us just pass by this series of names when we read this verse, but just as a name is significant for us and who we are to become, an expression of our identity, so it is with the names of the Christ child.

To understand their importance, we need to understand what they describe Jesus to be:

The Wonderful Counselor -

26But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you. John 14:26(Amplified Bible)

The Mighty God -

1 The Mighty One, God, the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets. Psalm 50:1(New International Version)

The Everlasting Father -

6But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 1 Corinthians 8:6(King James Version)

The Prince of Peace -

27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27(New King James Version)

These names of Jesus describe Him as God. There is no doubt as you read the Bible that Jesus claimed to be God and was God; He took on these names to let those around Him know who sent Him and where He came from. When we settle our hearts about accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are settling the eternal issue in Whom we have placed our trust. We trust not just any man, but we trust in The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit, One God, without end.

The past couple of years I have taken you with me on my Advent journey as I travel the path of "the coming", the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus. I hope you enjoy reading these highlights about our Savior as much as I do.

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