To Us A Son Is Given
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.
Matthew Henry says this about Jesus as our Wonderful Counselor:
“He is wonderful, counsellor. Justly is he called wonderful, for he is both God and man. His love is the wonder of angels and glorified saints; in his birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, he was wonderful. A constant series of wonders attended him, and, without controversy, great was the mystery of godliness concerning him. He is the counsellor, for he was intimately acquainted with the counsels of God from eternity, and he gives counsel to the children of men, in which he consults our welfare. It is by him that God has given us counsel, Ps. 16:7; Rev. 3:18. He is the wisdom of the Father, and is made of God to us wisdom. Some join these together: He is the wonderful counsellor, a wonder or miracle of a counsellor; in this, as in other things, he has the pre-eminence; none teaches like him.”
One of the reasons Jesus is able to counsel like no other is because He created all things. Colossians 1:16 tells us
“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”
Jesus has the full counsel of God. He is in perfect unity with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us in Mark 12:29, concerning the most important commandment,
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
A good counselor cares about those he counsels. And Jesus showed us He cared. The apostle John tells us in John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Our Wonderful Counselor loved us so much He sacrificed His perfect, holy life for us. Jesus is filled with all wisdom, and has complete knowledge of all that He created.. He has complete and perfect love for those He counsels. He greatly desires to give us wise counsel so that we can live our lives in unity with God’s plan and purpose for our lives and the lives of others.
Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor
Matthew Henry says this about Jesus as Mighty God:
“He is the mighty God—God, the mighty One. As he has wisdom, so he has strength, to go through with his undertaking: he is able to save to the utmost; and such is the work of the Mediator that no less a power than that of the mighty God could accomplish it.”
The Reformation Study Bible states,
As a warrior, Jesus is at the head of His army. The prophet Joel described the Lord’s army this way (Joel 2:11a):
“The Lord thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty is the army that obeys his command…”
Jesus has power and authority from God the Father. The prophet Daniel described it like this (Daniel 7:13-14):
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”
When Jesus took on human flesh and began His ministry, among other things, He healed the sick, cured the crippled, helped the blind to see, fed thousands from a small amount of bread and fish, walked on water, and forgave sin. Jesus’ place is at the right hand of God the Father where he prays in intercession for His people (Romans 8:34). He has power and authority, glory and majesty. He has been given the keys to death and Hades (Revelation 1:18), and is the rightful ruler over all that is created.
Jesus is big enough and powerful enough to supply us with whatever we need.
Even when we say, “It’s impossible.” Jesus says, All things are possible (Luke 18:27)
And when we say, “I’m tired.”, Jesus says (Matt. 11:28-30):
“28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Jesus is mighty, and He is mighty God.
Our Father Forever
Matthew Henry says this about Jesus as Everlasting Father:
“He is the everlasting Father, or the Father of eternity; he is God, one with the Father, who is from everlasting to everlasting. He is the author of everlasting life and happiness to them, and so is the Father of a blessed eternity to them. He is the Father of the world to come (so the Septuagint reads it), the father of the gospel-state, which is put in subjection to him, not to the angels, Heb. 2:5. He was, from eternity, Father of the great work of redemption: his heart was upon it; it was the product of his wisdom as the counsellor, of his love as the everlasting Father.
The Reformation Study Bible says,
Jesus is the everlasting God. The prophet Isaiah said (Isaiah 40:28),
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.”
He additionally said (Isaiah 26:4),
“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.”
Jesus is one with God the Father. The apostle John records that when Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father,
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”
Fathers long to give their children good gifts. And we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). He will give us a new name (Revelation 2:17). He provides for all of our needs (Matthew 6:28-34). He gives us eternal life with Him in heaven (John 3:16). Fathers protect their children. Jesus exchanged his righteousness for our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), and bore our punishment that we might be healed (Isaiah 53:5);.
Jesus was, is, and always will be. His love is amazing. He lavishes us with gifts and protects us. He greatly desires to have a relationship with us. He eagerly awaits our prayers.
Jesus is Everlasting Father.
Prince of Peace
John MacArthur says this about Jesus as the Prince of Peace:
“…in the Messiah’s kingdom there are no conflicts because He is the Prince of Peace.
He offers peace from God¹ to all who are the recipients of His grace.
He brings peace with God² to those who surrender to Him in faith.
He brings the peace of God³ to those who walk with Him.”
¹(Romans 1:7) ²(Romans 5:1) ³(Philippians 4:7)
The Bible tells us that there is a time coming soon when there will be no more sin. The author of the book of Romans says (Romans 16:20),
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”
But even now, Jesus gives us peace in our circumstances. The apostle Paul tells us (Philippians 4:7),
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Paul also says (Colossians 3:15),
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”
It is because of this peace that the prophet Habakkuk could say (Habakkuk 3:17-18),
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”
A modern version might go something like this:
“Although the furnace is broke, and the car won’t start,
the plumbing is on the fritz, and the cupboards are bare,
there’s no money in the bank and the bills are due,
I will rejoice and be joyful in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
for he brings me peace, in my heart, through all of my circumstances.”
Jesus’ kingdom is ruled in peace. And He rules and reigns in our hearts. Because of this, our hearts can be at rest in Him, regardless of our circumstances.
Jesus provides our peace. He is the Prince of Peace.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Am I truly allowing the One who will rule in eternity to rule over my heart today?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You have shown us Yourself through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Prepare my heart to receive my King. Help me to freshly wonder at the magnificence of His Rule, and the perfection of His character. Give me strength in knowing that He will reign supreme throughout all eternity in wisdom, mercy, and grace tempered by that experience of walking in my footsteps. Help me to embrace Christ as He has embraced me. This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.