The Child that Christmas Gave
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
1. For a child
“For a child”
Or “because of”, “in as much as”, “now…”
? Isaiah’s Vision is that of the long-expected Messiah’s Birth!
- This is given as a reason of the victories that were predicted in the previous verses.
- This is a reference to the Messiah has been almost universally accepted; and indeed it does not seem possible to doubt it.
- This Prophet Isaiah is fixed on this great and glorious event…
”The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.” Isaiah 9:2
- Most of the picture seems to have been that of battles, conflicts, sieges, dimness, and thick darkness. But in one portion of the passing scene there was light. It was the light that he saw rising in the distant and darkened Galilee.
- Isaiah saw the Joy of: the Light winning and the Prince of Peace!
“Darkness and despair will not go on forever…there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles will be filled with glory.” Isaiah 9:1
3. “Is born”
“For a child is born”
- Isaiah sees the Messiah in his role and describes Him as already born.
- Not that he was born when Isaiah lived. But in his vision, he saw that promised son, and the eye was fixed intently on him!
“The Savior–yes, the Messiah, the Lord–has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” Luke 2:11
“I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”John 18:37
4. “to us”
“born to us”
For our Benefit . Isaiah saw the Son that would be “Born to Us” to Remove the darkness, Bring the love of the Father & Remove our Sin.
“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10
5. “A son”
“born to us, a son”
- Isaiah, saw the child, the Son that was to be born. (Luke 1:32)
“He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High”
2. God Choose to reveal His Son from Heaven as a Baby in a Manger in Bethlehem. A Son was Born and He Offers Light to Everyone!
“He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High” Luke 1:32
6. “Is given TO Us”
“a son is given to us”
- This is the best Gift you will ever receive, this Christmas or any Christmas.
- The Messiah is always represented as having been Given, never Earned.
- The Rich Gift of God for Salvation…
“There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”Acts 4:12
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
- The Messiah was the gift in Love from Our Great God. We had no claim on Him, and God voluntarily gave his Son to be a sacrifice for the sins of the world.
7. “The government”
“The government will rest on his shoulders.”
? This is the idea of a sign, flag or banner on the shoulder of the government, sports, or community hero. The sense of this passage is, that the Messiah shall rule and the government will be established in Him.
? The sense is, that this “Son Given To Us” would be the King and will be honored as such.
“Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem. Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey’s colt.” John 12:15
8. “Wonderful Counselor”
“He will be called…Wonderful Counselor”
- Wonderful Counselor, The name is expressive of Great Wisdom, and of qualifications to Guide and Direct the Human Race.
- This word Wonderful, is a verb meaning ‘to distinguish, to make great.’ The name Counselor is expressive of great wisdom, and of qualifications to guide and direct the human race.
- These words are applied usually to anything that is great, wonderful, or a miracle
- It is applied here to denote the unusual and remarkable assemblage of qualities that distinguished the Messiah.
- For the Messiah was Wonderful in All Things. It was wonderful love by which God gave him, and by which he came; the manner of his birth was wonderful; his humility, his self-denial, his sorrows were wonderful; his mighty works were wonderful; his dying agonies were wonderful; and his resurrection, his ascension, were all suited to excite admiration and wonder. Jesus is truly our Wonderful Counselor!
9. “Mighty God”
“He will be called…Mighty God”
The name Mighty God (El Gibbor), attributed to the true God!!
? The Messiah shall be called Strength of God, divine hero!
- Jesus will Be Known as the Strength of God, the Mighty God! “Your Majesty, you are the greatest of kings. The God of heaven has given you sovereignty, power, strength, and honor.” Daniel 2:37
- The Fact that Jesus is the Mighty God is taught throughout Scripture. In example, in John’s Gospel every time Jesus took upon His lips the words “I am” He was addressing Himself as God.
- El Gibbor: The Hebrew phrase “El Gibbor,” meaning “the strong, the mighty, the heroic.” It’s a word depicting bravery, courage, and action. All these are qualities are of El Gibbor, “the Mighty God.”
10. Everlasting Father
“He will be called…Everlasting Father”
? Powerful expression, Jesus is Literally, the Forever Father of Eternity.
- It may be added, that this attribute is often applied to the Messiah in the New Testament. Jesus is said to have always been.
- Everlasting…“He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.” Colossians 1:17
“God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.” Hebrews 5:9
11. Prince of Peace
“He will be called…Prince of Peace”
? The Messiah would create Universal Peace, His Reign would end wars, and Restore harmony among the nations…
“He will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
Then his people will live there undisturbed,
for he will be highly honored around the world.” Micah 5:4
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27