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And He Shall Be Called Everlasting Father

And He Shall Be Called: Everlasting Father

Isaiah strives to ensure the reign of God is not only established by the Might of God but also depicts the length of His reign.  There is a temporal and eternal aspect of God in describing Him as both everlasting and Father.  With these two words alone, there is no question as to what Isaiah is saying.  Jesus reigns has been inaugurated from the beginning of time and will continue into eternity.  He is the progenitor of all life and by Him all things have come into being.  He is the order and the guide for all creation and He rules His people with the love and care that would spring forth from a father.  He is our Everlasting Father.

And He Shall Be Called: Mighty God

And He Shall Be Called: Mighty God

Strength and might are not something to be scoffed at.  Nor at they things that need to be displayed in a braggadocios manner.  True strength does not need to prove itself and nothing is truly beneath it.  Strength is not “too good” for a certain place or activity but neither does it feel the need to reassure its presence through multiple and numerous loud assertions.  For Jesus Christ and His coming, Jesus displayed His might.  While being fully God, He lowered himself and became man, a concept many other religious scoff at.  Yet the reason for this is clear.  He was coming to save His people and declaring war against the forces of darkness and evil.  

And He Shall Be Called: Wonderful Counselor

And He Shall Be Called: Wonderful Counselor

At the front of who this coming Messiah is remains a Wonderful Counselor.  When we hear this phrase our initial reaction is to reduce it to a good psychologist.  He is someone we can go to who would give us good advice.  However true this may be, this severely understates the full scope of Jesus Christ.  When Isaiah speaks of something being “wonderful” it is not as we understand it now, but more so as something that is full of wonder. It is incomprehensible and unfathomable. The counsel that Christ brings defies the expectations of mankind and exceeds our humanly ability to understand.  Furthermore, Christ goes beyond merely being a counselor as we understand that term, but he is the one who derives the plan.  The counsel that Jesus brings is the plan for our salvation.

Immanuel

Advent: Immanuel

We have been looking through the various weeks of advent and at the end of the season of advent, we arrive at Christmas. While this does somewhat signify the end of the advent season, somehow calling it “the end” does not seem fair or fitting. The coming of Christ was by no means “the end” and his second coming will certainly not be the end either. It is the beginning. It is the beginning of new life. It is the beginning of healing. It is the beginning of redemption and our homecoming to our relationship with our Creator and Heavenly Father. Advent means Coming. Christmas reminds us that God has come and He is Immanuel, God with us.

Advent: The Coming of Love

During this forth week of Advent, we light the candle of love.  As we celebrate this forth week of advent, we come to the embodiment of not only the mission of God, but the embodiment of God, Himself.  God is love.  Love is defined by any act that is of God.  With Christ’s coming into the world,…
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Advent: The Coming of Joy

During this third week of Advent, we light the joy candle. We are reminded that when Christ came in to the world, it was a time to be glad and rejoice. The Savior has finally come and He was going to save and redeem our very souls.  He would wrestle us from the grasp of death.…
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