“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 Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
God’s heart is to restore us to wholeness. When we need healing for our bodies, minds, or spirits, God’s Word provides answers for our afflictions. Scriptures on healing give us a new perspective of hope and comfort. Rest and read God’s Word, knowing that it will speak into your situation today. Let’s look at Isaiah 9:6.
As we step into the Christmas season, we reflect on and celebrate the birth of Jesus. While it’s easy to get swept away in the beautiful lights, glittering snow, smell of fresh-baked goods, and gift-giving, we mustn’t lose sight of the celebration’s purpose.
Jesus’ birth changed everything. He lived a perfect life, took on our sin, died in our place, rose back to life, freeing us from the curse of the law.
Isaiah 9:6 is a prophecy, talking about the coming of Jesus. In this verse, Jesus is referred to as a wonderful counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we can now go before God with our praises, our sorrows, and our requests. Before Jesus, we didn’t have that sort of direct access to God. And God doesn’t just hear our prayers—He responds. He responds through His Word, through His Spirit, and through answered prayers.
God is the best counselor because He knows us through and through, and He loves us more than we can fathom. Luke 12:7 (NIT) puts His deep knowledge and love for us into perspective: “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
There are two points in this verse where Jesus is referred to as God. For this to make sense, we need to understand that Jesus and God are one in the same–two parts of the Trinity, with the third being the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the mighty God and everlasting Father because Jesus is God.
God is all-powerful. From the whole of creation to the wonders and miracles He’s performed throughout time, it’s all too evident. And if that’s not compelling enough, His power and majesty is repeated throughout Scripture. Revelations 1:8 (ESV) says, “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,'” says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.'”
Jesus “being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Philippians 2:6-11 NIV).
Can you believe it? God–almighty, omnipotent, holy, and limitless–”made Himself nothing” all for us. But He didn’t stop at lowering himself to that of a man; “He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death–even death on a cross!”
God almighty suffered the ultimate sacrifice for us. How humbling.
God is eternal. It’s hard for us to grasp being that we only think in finite time, but He existed before the concept of time. Psalm 90:2 (NIV) says, “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
The book of Genesis speaks to how God and the Word existed before creation. Can you imagine existing for eternity in solitude? It’s no wonder God chose to create.
The everlasting God, who created us, loves us, and died for us, will be our Father for all eternity. As believers, we’re adopted into His family as children. Being a part of the family of God, we’re able to have a deep and personal relationship with Him–able to come to Him for help, for comfort, and with our praises. Forever. This relationship isn’t possible without Jesus.
Prince of Peace
Prince of Peace is a lofty title. A prince is an heir to a kingdom—in this case, the kingdom of peace. Jesus is the heir of peace, and if we are “co-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17 NIV), we can access peace through Christ.
Before Jesus, we were slaves to sin, living in constant contention with God. Our sin nature makes us self-serving, disobedient, impure, and wholly unfit to stand before the presence of a holy and perfect God. By washing us clean with His sacrifice, Jesus bridged the gap between us and God.
Jesus made reconciliation with God possible. Romans 5:1 (ESV) confirms this: “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
By washing us clean with His sacrifice, Jesus bridged the gap between us and God.
Finding peace in a world bent on conflict and turmoil feels impossible, but Jesus brings a peace separate from the world. John 16:33 says, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
The key is resting in Jesus–in knowing this world is only our temporary home, and we’ll experience true peace once in our eternal home. We don’t have control over what the world does, but God does hold control–He’s overcome the world!
Perhaps the most tangible evidence of Jesus’ peace is our direct line to God. We have an almighty God we can talk to and have a personal relationship with. We’re promised peace if we come to God–with an attitude of gratitude–and share our requests and worries with Him (Philippians 4:6-7 ESV).
Jesus also promises “rest for your soul” (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV) if you take your burdens to Him and take on the lifestyle of Christ. We’re not promised easy lives, but we do know there’s peace through Jesus, our Prince of Peace.
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