“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… The mighty God”
TRUTH OF CHRIST EXPLAINED:
“and his name shall be called… The mighty God” In this name of Christ we find the clear declaration that our Lord is not simply a “good man” or “a very dedicated prophet of God”. No not at all. In this text we find that Jesus is God Himself! This principle was established long before the birth of Christ by the prophet Isaiah…
“Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, [even] I, [am] the LORD; and beside me [there is] no saviour.” (Isaiah 43:10-11)
This fact was reaffirmed many times in the Word. Some of those were by Christ, Himself:
“But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.” (John 5:17-18)
Some were by God:
“But unto the Son [he saith], Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness [is] the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, [even] thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.” (Hebrews 1:8-12)
It is this same God that came to us in the Bethlehem manger…
“Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 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 1:22-23)
In the phrase “and his name shall be called… The mighty God” we can see that this same Jesus is Almighty God.
As we prepare our minds and hearts to remember the birth of Christ, let’s keep in mind, it is God revealing Himself to us through the person of Jesus, the living Word….
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-2, 14)
We will return to our daily devotionals from Proverbs on December 26th.
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