I saw my primary care physician this morning. We were both pleased to find that my blood pressure was perfectly normal. That probably was not the case for the prophet Isaiah when he penned the following words:
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Is. 9:6; ESV).
I trust you have heard the explanation of this passage. Isaiah is foretelling the coming of the Messiah. Earlier, he actually predicted the miraculous birth of Christ (7:14). Can you imagine his excitement?! Surely his heart raced as the Holy Spirit moved him to write these amazing words!
As I waited in the doctor’s office today, I reread E.J. Young’s commentary on this passage of Scripture (Isaiah 9). I’ll close by sharing some gems for your meditation on the incarnation:
“Not merely is the Messiah wonderful but He is Himself a Wonder, through and through” (p.334).
Commenting on the term [translated in the English] “Mighty God”— “Gibbor [‘mighty’] simply means hero…by the phrase ‘el gibbor we are brought face to face with Messiah’s deity” (p.337).
“True peace comes to us because a Child was born. That Child, and He alone, is the Prince of Peace. Would we have peace, it is to Him that we must go” (p.340).
“God’s partiality to His people and His jealous disposition to vindicate His honor will accomplish the establishment of the kingdom over which the Child will reign” (p.345).
Closing exhortation: If you have some time this week, meditate further on these amazing titles of Christ! Is what ways is Jesus’ a counselor? Is He truly a “hero” for you? How does Jesus function as a “father” to His people? Have you experienced peace because of the Prince of Peace?
Is it possible to remain calm when considering that historical reality of the coming of God in human form?! I feel my blood pressure rising!
Edward J. Young, The Book of Isaiah, Vol. I, Chapters 1-18, Eerdmans, 1965.