And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6b NIV).
Let us for a moment think of those who heard this prophecy when it was first delivered by Prophet Isaiah. They would have wondered at the strange words of it. For it talked about a child. But what a child he would be.
A son who would be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace! This was something the mind would not have grasped. Nor would they have fully understood its meaning.
Even John the Baptist had to be specifically given the sign of the Holy Spirit resting on Jesus for him to recognize the child of this prophecy (see John 1:33, 34). So let us too give up our familiarity with this lovely prophecy and approach it with wonder and awe.
We find here Jesus described. The prophet might have had difficulty describing the miracle of the God-child. He would have wondered how God could become man and dwell with sinful humanity?
How could God the Glory of Israel become a child? Remember Isaiah had seen the glory of God (see Isaiah 6) and the New Testament says that in this incident he saw Jesus’ glory (see John 12:41)!
The result of words failing the prophet at this marvel was the lovely titles of Jesus being described. Those names are great descriptions in themselves.
The simple question now is, “How dear to you is the name of Jesus?” I am sure that the name of someone you love is dear to you. The very mention of that name would bring memories and loving thoughts of that person to your mind. Maybe it will bring a smile on your face and joy in your heart.
Does the name of Jesus bring such fond affections to you? If not, this is the right time to think on His name. As it is said, if you need to appreciate the brilliance of a diamond or the beauty of a gem, you will have to look at it from different angles. One look and one angle is not enough.
The names described here have been given to help us appreciate Jesus better from different angles. So take time to think on them.
Finally, think about the name Jesus itself. His name talks about His mission; to save us from our sins (see Matthew 1:21). There is power and healing in His name (see Acts 3:16) and demons are subject to it (see Luke 10:17).
There is salvation in His name for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which they shall be saved (see Acts 4:12). And God has exalted Jesus and given Him the name that is above every name.
A day is coming when at the name of Jesus every knee will bow (see Philippians 2:9, 10)!