To Us A Child Is Born – Isaiah 9:6

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.

Complete Counsel

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

Most Mighty

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,

“Mighty God. As a warrior, God protects His people” (Isa. 10:21; Deuteronomy 10:17; Jeremiah 32:18).

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,

“Everlasting Father. The Father and King cares for His subjects” (Isa. 40:9–11; 65:17–25; Matt. 18:12–14; 23:9–12; Rom. 8:15–17).

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.

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God the Son – Colossians 1:15-20

The Supremacy Of God The Son

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 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. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Invisible Image

Jesus was sent so that the invisible would be made visible.  Jesus has said,

“And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form,”

“If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

“…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’?”

Jesus came not only to bear witness to the truth; to seek and save the lost; but also to display His Father to all through Himself.  Through the submission of Jesus to the Holy Spirit, He was able to display His Father through His words and actions.  Jesus displayed relationship with the Father as well as the Father’s mercy, grace, righteousness, and justice.  We get a clear picture of God the Father through God the Son.

Righteous Resurrection

Jesus was the firstborn among creation.  He was the first person to experience resurrection in its fullest.  Although other people were brought back to life from the dead, they eventually died again.  Jesus has died, and was resurrected as the firstborn of creation.  He has taken His place at the head of creation at the right hand of God.

Creator’s Command

There was nothing created that was not created by God the Son, Jesus Christ.  He spoke everything into existence that was created, whether it was invisible or visible.  Jesus created Satan and the heavenly host.  He created the sun, the moon, the stars and the Earth.  He created Adam and Eve, and even now, He knits us together in our mother’s wombs as we are created through childbirth.  Everything that is created was created by Him and for Him.  And God the Father gave Jesus all of creation, with the Earth as His footstool.  He has won it back from Satan’s control through His perfect life, death, and resurrection.

Supremely Sovereign

Jesus holds all things together.  He is rightly the head of the Church, for He founded it. He again was the firstborn through resurrection so that in all things, Jesus Christ is declared sovereign over all.  There is nothing in the heavens or on Earth or below the Earth that Jesus is not sovereign.  He rules from Heaven, and awaits the time for God the Father to reveal Him again to the world.  His second coming will be as lion, though He first came as a lamb. All things will be completed when He arrives again.

Resulting Reconciliation

Jesus chose to put aside His glory and majesty to show us the Father, and to reconcile us to the Father.  All things will be reconciled to Him since He has paid the price to have them reconciled.  It is through His perfect, sinless, shed blood that we are reconciled.  He was the perfect and final sacrifice for all sin.  Jesus has rightfully restored what Adam lost.

A Qualifying Question

Let’s ask a question:  Are we remembering the sacrifice that Jesus made to reconcile us to the Father as we live our daily lives?

A short prayer of preparation:

Father in Heaven, You are glorious to behold.  You have shown us Yourself through Your Son, Jesus Christ.  I am grateful that You love us so much to have sent Your Son to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins.  Remember me this day, Father.  Help me to keep in mind the great and terrible sacrifice that Jesus made to reconcile me to You.  Even now, as I pray, You have given me this opportunity to come before You to praise You, present my concerns to You, and experience relationship with You, all because of the blood of Jesus Christ.  May I never forget what it cost You to bring this about.  This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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