For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
If you are at all familiar with Handel’s Messiah, then you are probably like me and absolutely cannot read this passage without singing it in your head (or out loud)! It is one of the most anointed choruses ever written and performed.
It’s a prophetic word. When it was first spoken, it was only a hope. But now we live in-between partial fulfillment and the promise of complete fulfillment to come.
You see, Jesus did come as a baby boy. God the Father gave us His Son in human form…you know the story…Jesus is all of these things, but there will be a day when He will be these things while present on the earth.
Let’s take a look at each description of Jesus:
A Child is born. This indicates the child would be conceived in a human womb and be born as an infant. Who could even comprehend the way God intended to fulfill this? The appearance of the Messiah would be like any other human rather than an incarnate appearing of God. The significance is manifold, but two critical points are first that God would be like us: human. This allowed Him to represent us in the covenant legally. And secondly, He could reconcile us to Himself and reinstate His original plan for mankind by restoring our authority to rule over the earth.
A Son is given. Specifically, the child would be a son. (Luke 1:31) The original son, Adam, bore the responsibility of having cast mankind into sin, now the last Adam, Jesus, had to come as a male to set things right. (Romans 5:19) I think it’s also congruent with scripture and God’s nature to notice the word given. (John 3:16) We didn’t earn this gift, (Ephesians 2:8-9) nor did we deserve it, but it was freely given out of love, mercy, and justice. (Matthew 10:8)
And the government will be upon His shoulder. He will bear the full responsibility for ruling, and ruling justly and rightly. All things are placed under His feet (Ephesians 1:22), and He has been given all authority and power (Matthew 28:18). Oh, we look forward to the day when He will take His earthly throne and rule over all the governmental affairs. (Revelation 20:4)
If you know Jesus, then you know He can only be called Wonderful.
If you’ve ever needed to know what to do, then you know Him as Counselor.
He IS God. (John 1:1)
He and the Father are one. (John 17:11)
And Jesus Himself is your peace. (Ephesians 2:14) Selah.