The word advent literally means “arrival”, and it refers to the arrival of Jesus into the world. It is this time of the year where people all over the world celebrate Christmas. For the Christian, it has a particularly special meaning. This is the time that we get to celebrate our Lord’s birth. According to what tradition you come from there are different ways to anticipate and celebrate this special day. Whatever tradition you observe as a Christian, I hope you use it as a time to look to scripture and be filled with the joy that Jesus brings us.
Over the next month I would like to share a weekly thought or devotion to keep us looking forward to that special day. Today, I would like to help us to remember His name and just who it is that came on that not so silent night.
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on
His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
He Would Be Called Wonderful Counselor:
During Jesus’ 33 plus years here on earth he did many wonderful things. He cast out demons. He made the mute to speak. He made the lame to walk. He caused the blind to see. He feed thousands with just a few fish and a couple loaves of bread. He was full of mercy and awe. He would not only instill awe because of his deeds but his teaching as well. Even those who did not follow him understood his great council. “The officers answered, ‘Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks’” (John 7:46). Jesus truly was the Wonderful Counselor.
He Would Be Called Mighty God:
Jesus is the God-man. He is both 100% God and 100% man at the same time. Claiming to be God caused others to want to kill him at times. But there was no doubt that Jesus understood who he was and who the prophet Isaiah was pointing to when he said that he would be called “Mighty God.” It was none other than Jesus himself. There is no way of getting around it when Jesus says, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:40). What an excellent way of anticipating Jesus this season . . . knowing that He was fully divine. What joy that should bring us.
He Would Be Called Eternal Father:
Jesus would be the eternal father to his people. As the king from the line of David, he would care for and discipline his children. To think of Jesus as our father is a glorious thought. Just as a father was to provide, protect, and instruct his children, Jesus would do the same for his people.
He Would Be Called Prince of Peace:
While there is not complete peace on earth today, we anticipate that one day when there will be peace on earth. The Prince of Peace will come to make all things new. He is the one that comes to bring peace within the soul of man. None could have real peace apart from Him. Paul said it right when writing to the Colossians, “and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven” (Colossians 1:20). Jesus would come into this world to be king of it, and though him peace would eventually reign.
This week, let’s remember who it is that we say we worship. Let’s remember that Jesus was indeed born a baby, but that was just the starting point. He was born with a purpose. As we anticipate the celebration of his arrival, let’s remember all of his glorious attributes, and not just the baby in the lowly manger.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Adam B. Burrell