Who Jesus is (Theological), What He did (Missional-incarnation), Why (Relational-Restoration)
Isaiah 9:6 (700-740 years before Jesus)
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.
The incredible miracle amongst many miracles in the birth of Christ, that is the human and the divine coming together in Jesus. For to Us a child is born, the human side of the coming of Jesus, His humanity, His vulnerability, His sacrifice, what we celebrate, the nativity
To us a Son is given, the divine side, the only begotten Son of God appearing, Immanuel, God with us! (1 John 4:9 God manifest His love by giving His only begotten son; John 3:16)
This Child, this Son, is the seed of woman that will bruise the head of the serpent that was promised in Genesis 3:15
This Child, this Son is the seed that was promised to Abraham to a blessing to “all nations” Genesis 22:18
This Child, this Son is the Son promised to David that would establish his throne forever, 2 Samuel 7:16
This Child, This Son was the One who was to be born of a virgin Isaiah 7:14
This Child this Son is the One the writer of Hebrews spoke, “Let all the angels worship Him” Hebrews 1:6
This Child, this Son was the One who’s birth was heralded by angels to poor shepherds Luke 2:9
This Child, this Son was declared to be the Savior, Christ, Messiah Lord Luke 2:11
Martin Luther once remarked that the Incarnation consisted of three miracles: “The first, that God became man; the second, that virgin was a mother, and the third, that the heart of man should believe it.”
Mark 9 demon possessed boy the “If you can..” Jesus “If I can…all things are possible for those who believe” Father I believe help my unbelief
And the Government shall be upon His shoulders…
We will get to this third week (restoration) but just want to touch on it this am
He will establish His earthly rule and reign forever and ever. He will bear the weight of His people
Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
His kingdom is here within us but not fully here. Some day He will rule and reign over a new heaven and new earth.
“He will be called Wonderful Counselor” (Isaiah 9:6).
The word “wonderful” means ” to excite wonder or admiration; exciting surprise; strange; astonishing.” In the OT is was used to describe things that man could not understand. Like:
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
Jesus Christ, in every area of His life from birth, to death and resurrection was wonderful. Beyond our understanding –
“His name shall be called Wonderful.” And first I shall notice that Jesus Christ deserveth to be called Wonderful for what he was in the past; secondly, that he is called Wonderful by all his people for what he is in the present; and in the third place, that he shall be called Wonderful, for what he shall be in the future.
What was Jesus in the past?
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Creator – Exact image of God = God, Firstborn=preeminent, sustainer of life ruler over all,
John 1:1-4; 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Was God, always been, pre existent, creator, life, light – He is wonderful
What is He in present?
God, Savior King, Light, Life, Our Redeemer, Our Advocate, Lord, Prince of Peace, Reconciler, Our Friend, Our Brother, The Great High Priest, Son of God, our Sustainer, our Way, the Truth. The Great Shepherd, The Holy One, The Alpha and the Omega, The First and the Last, the Hope of Glory. The Image of the Invisible God, the Resurrection and the Life, The Great I AM, and the list goes on.. He is wonderful
What is He in the future?
Returning King, Powerful with great glory. Raiser of the dead, to be feared, Lord forever, father of eternity, Almighty Judge, Ruler, the Holy One, His glory will light new heavens and earth, He will return
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
He is wonderful, wonderful Counselor. The word counselor means “advisor or ruler” He speaks only truth and rules perfectly. He revealed the mind and heart of God. He leads us into the presence of God the Father.
“and His name shall be called . . . Mighty God”
It is first of all a statement of deity. The baby born in the manger is not just the Son of God, he is also God the Son. All the fullness of God dwells in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is “very God of very God.”
For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,
The word translated “mighty” means “strong one” or “powerful, valiant warrior.” Thus the term “mighty God” is actually a military title. He is the God who fights for his people! He destroyed the works of the enemy
At the Incarnation, God took the form of human flesh. That’s why one of his names is Immanuel-
And His name shall be called…Everlasting Father
A king, could be called a Father, we use the term Father of our nation. Abraham was father of nations (Genesis 17:5) Father could refer to an ownership. All these apply to Jesus. The King, the creator, the owner of the everlasting. The father of the world to come, the Father of the Gospel. But Jesus also said “if you have seen me you have seen the Father” I and the Father are one” Jesus revealed the Father.
And His name shall be called… Prince of Peace
As King He preserves peace, commands peace and creates peace He is our peace, and it is his peace that both keeps the hearts of his people and rules in them. He is not only a peaceable prince, and his reign peaceable, but he is the author and giver of all good, all that peace which is the present and future bliss of his subjects. Luke 2:14 and Ephesians 2:14 We have peace with God and the peace of God Colossians 3:16; Philippians 4:7 Peace with God we are no longer under His wrath in Jesus. Peace of God comes from the presence and power of the HS in our lives as He leads and strengthens us.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Jesus, who is He? This Child? This Son? This baby in a manger that we sit atop a coffee table or fireplace hearth? He IS THE Wonderful Counselor, THE Mighty God, THE everlasting Father, THE Prince of Peace – Worthy of ALL our devotion and passion