In a recent post, there was discussion about the prophecies concerning Jesus’s birth. There was also discussion of the various names by which Jesus was called. With regard to these names, there is another passage of scripture to consider.
In Isaiah 9:6 we read scripture often quoted during Advent: “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.” He was called none of those names, but the prophecy in Isaiah 9 was surely designed to call a high level of attention to what would happen in the miracle of Jesus’s birth.
Isaiah 9:6 resounds with grandeur and glory. Handel’s “Messiah” contains this scripture. We can hear in this musical masterpiece the absolute joy contained in Isaiah’s description of Jesus. He may not have been called these names during his ministry, but we know him as our Counselor and as the one through whom spiritual peace reigns. We know that he is God–that he and the Father are one.
When we think of the glorious birth of Jesus, it seems perfectly normal to call him Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.