Beginning this week, we will take the next few weeks to look a bit more closely at each of the descriptive names Isaiah used as he tried to communicate all that the coming Messiah would be. Our text, based on Isaiah 9:1- 7, will more specifically look at the descriptive names Isaiah uses as he tries to help Israel (and us) understand what the Messiah would be like.
I looked over those descriptions, again, all I can say is, “What a
Savior!” And that will be the overarching title for this Advent
we get started, let’s read from Isaiah 9:6-7: “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,” and “Prince of Peace. 7 His government and its
peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of
his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of
Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!” NLT. Isaiah
prophecies about the coming of the Lord, the Messiah. He speaks of His first
coming, telling of His humanity, “For to us a Child is born...” and
of His divinity – “... to us a Son is given...”
most of us know, Jesus is the “Only Begotten Son...” that we
read about that in John 1:14 & John 3:16. His “only
begotten-ness” means there was, is, and never will be anyone else like
Him. He is the God -man; the unique Person of the universe.
Isaiah speaks of the Messiah’s Second Coming – “... the government will rest on His shoulders.” Then we see this theme being built upon and further amplified by the prophet in verse 7.
almost as though Isaiah is standing, looking over a mountain’s peak, and seeing
two other mountain peaks. The first peak is the first coming of Christ; the second
is the Second Coming of Christ.
prophecies about the Lord’s character. In the Scripture, especially on the Old
Testament, a person’s name often indicated something about their character.
That is why when one had a life altering experience with God they would often
take a new name, much like Jacob, meaning deceiver, whose name was changed to
Israel, meaning prince with God.
the prophet Isaiah in seeking to tell us something about the character of the
coming Messiah employs the use of names to tell us about Him. But in doing this
he lets us know that a single name is not nearly enough to sum up what we need
to know about Jesus, the Messiah.
As we continue through this series, we will be take time to consider each of the names given by the prophet to Jesus. The first one we will be considering is, “Wonderful Counselor.”