Advent – For Unto Us a Child is Born

 

“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. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” – Isaiah 9:6-7

 

Before that first Christmas, there was an expectancy in the air. For centuries, prophets foretold of the coming of the Messiah. Isaiah was one such prophet.

He lived about 700 years before Christwas born. What he foretold staggered the minds of those who were watching and waiting. The coming of a Wonderful Counselor, a Mighty God, an Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace—could it be? Yes, it could, and it was.

Jesus was the fulfillment of this incredible prophecy. He is a wonderful counselor. You can come to him with any burden and He will give you comfort. He is the mighty God! Jesus said to the Pharisees in John 8:58, “Before Abraham was born, I am (Ex. 3:14)!”

His claim of deity is why he was accused of blasphemy and almost stoned. He’s like our Everlasting Father in that He’s the head of the church. By Him all things were created. Finally, He’s the Prince of Peace. He’s the One who can bring peace with God, bring peace to our hearts, and usher peace into our world.

I hope and pray that if you don’t know this Wonderful Counselor and this Prince of Peace, you will come to know Him this Christmas. Only the zeal of the Lord can accomplish this. Merry Christmas!