These two verses have been on my mind lately. Often when heard, some may associate certain verses with Christmas time or the birth of Jesus.
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
No doubt is the birth of the Son mentioned here, but what does this mean for you and me the rest of the year through? Why was the Son given not just for Christmas?
In John 10:10, Jesus says that he came to give life AND life abundantly. WOW! He is “the gift that keeps on giving.” This is amazing love! He wouldn’t have offered himself to die for us on the cross if we could have saved ourselves from our sins. He knew we couldn’t. We fall short. Living a life of sin only brings death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus. (Romans 6:23) Through his death and resurrection we have life and eternal life with him forever! In light of these two verses, who is this Son and what does he have to offer? (as if He needed to add anything more to what He’s already done for us) Mercy, Mercy! 😉
Power– The government is upon His shoulder. He keeps everything going: the earth on its axis, seasons, people from flying off earth while its spinning 1000 miles per hour (fun fact), our hearts beating, strength for each day.
Wonder(full)– He is full of wonders! All you have to do is go outside at night and look up to the heavens to see, look in a newborn’s face, look at the intricacy of a flower. His wonders are literally ALL around us.
Counselor– The Bible says it best. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way…” Isaiah 53:6 We need direction! The Son wants to lead and guide us as a Shepherd would take care of his own sheep.
Mighty God, LORD of hosts– Warrior; he goes before us and has taken care of the enemy.
Everlasting Father– A father that is always there for you. He will never leave us or forsake us. A father cares for their child by making sure he has what he needs. He blesses His children.
Endless Peace– Wow…no interruptions! We’ll fully know His perfect love with no distractions.
As I contemplate what Jesus the Son is like, I can’t help but think of the pain and suffering. We all see in it the news and experience it in our own lives as a result of sin that has entered this world. “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable!” (1 Corinthians 15:19) The Son took this pain and suffering for us so we don’t have to continue in a life of sin and misery and be judged. What a gift! He’s not just for Christmas, not just for this life, but forever.