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April 19, 2015

L. John Bost
L. John Bost
Last week: Jesus The Compassionate Savior
Over 300 prophecies in the Bible speak of Jesus Christ. Many of these mention details of Jesus' birth, life, death, resurrection, and kingdom. One of the most descriptive prophecies is found in Isaiah 9:6. In this article we will examine this prophecy of our Lord in detail.
Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. Isaiah had already spoken of a son to be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; fulfilled in Matthew 1:23). Now he gives a more detailed description of that son's life and mission.
The government shall be upon his shoulder. Daniel later speaks of an everlasting kingdom (Daniel 2:44). Isaiah says this kingdom would be governed by the son that would be given. Jesus identifies this kingdom as His church (Matthew 16:18-19). The kingdom/church was established on the first Pentecost after our Lord's resurrection (Acts 2). Jesus, "King of kings and Lord of Lords (1 Timothy 6:15), is the head of the church (Ephesians 1:18-19; Colossians 1:18).
His name shall be called Wonderful. According to Vine, the Hebrew word translated, wonderful, "is used primarily with God as its subject, expressing actions that are beyond the bounds of human powers or expectations*.
Counsellor. The word translated, counsellor, is from a Hebrew word meaning, "To advise, to counsel, to give counsel, to. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6). Why? Because, "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:9).
The Mighty God. John writes, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). He explains who the "Word" is in John 1:14: "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." So, "The Mighty God" is none other than Jesus Christ Himself! He is not only the Son of God, He is God!
The Everlasting Father. Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown comment, "This marks Him as 'Wonderful,' that He is 'a child,' yet the 'everlasting Father' (John 10:30; 14:9). Earthly kings leave their people after a short reign; He will reign over and bless them forever." Jesus said in John 8:58, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." By using the present tense in describing something from the past (His existence), Jesus affirms His eternal existence. The psalmist makes a similar statement in Psalm 90:2: "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God." Jesus always was, is, and always will be!
*Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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