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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.