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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

 

Why was Jesus’ birth so important? The reason is because slightly over 2,000 years ago, God stooped down from heaven and became a human being: Jesus Christ. As the Bible says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14).


Think of it: God became a man! He did it because He loves us—and that’s what we should celebrate as Christmas approaches.

1. Wonderful. When He did His many miracles, the Scripture says, “The people wondered.” (Luke 11:14)

2. Counselor. The officers said, “No one ever spoke like this man!” (John 7:46)

3. Mighty God. He is the God-Man. He said that He and the Father are one. (John 10:30)

4. Everlasting Father. It was by Him, the living Word, that all things were created. He is the designer of the whole universe. (John 1:3; Hebrews 11:3)

5. Prince of Peace. There will never be lasting peace on earth until He comes again to reign in righteousness. But He is also the Prince of Peace in other ways. None can have peace with God apart from Him and the peace that He made through the blood of His cross. (Colossians 1:20)


The full meaning of these words from Isaiah should give us enough strength, hope, and joy to face any crisis, endure any sorrow and meet any temptation.


How has Jesus shown you recently that He is “Wonderful, Counselor … the Prince of Peace”?


Adapted from Cissie Graham Lynch Advent Devotional

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