“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Since this time of year has been set aside by the world to remember the birth of Jesus, I thought it would be good for us to take some time to consider Jesus, His person and His workings on our behalf. For the next few brief devotions we will take a look at Isaiah 9:6 and see what we can learn about Jesus. By God’s grace, this time in the Word will be a daily reminder for us to keep Jesus in the center of our holiday season.
For our devotion this morning, we will be looking at Isaiah 9:6 – “and his name shall be called Wonderful”
TRUTH OF CHRIST EXPLAINED:
“and his name shall be called Wonderful” , this phrase helps us to understand that Jesus is a miracle of God. He is One that is set apart from all others by His miraculous physical birth.
One of the ways our Lord is “set apart” from all others by His physical birth to a virgin…
“How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.” (Jeremiah 31:22)
(note: the phrase “a woman shall compass a man” means “a woman will proceed without a man” or “ a woman will have accomplishment without a man”. This is a reference to the virgin birth and the ability of the virgin Mary to conceive and give birth without the intervention of a human male.)
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)
This virgin birth was one of many proofs that Jesus was truly the very Son of God…
“Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:34-35)
In the phrase “and his name shall be called Wonderful” we find that our Lord was set apart from all men by His person and work. He was a “wonder” in the eyes of those around Him as He lived a sinless life; as He performed many miraculous works; as He was proclaimed to be God the Son at His baptism and the Transfiguration; and as He was taken up to heaven at His ascension.
But perhaps the greatest cause of wonder in the eyes of others was His virgin birth. This is the wondrous event that we are celebrating during this holiday season.
“And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” (Luke 1:30-33)
May we all keep the many wonders of Christ in our mind as we go about preparing our hearts to honor Him during this holiday season.
We will return to our daily devotionals from Proverbs on December 26th.
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