Isa 9:6 TLB)
6 For unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder. These will be his royal titles: "Wonderful," "Counselor," "The Mighty God," "The Everlasting Father," "The Prince of Peace."
Isa 9:6 (KJV)
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
The prophet Isaiah gives us several titles by which the Messiah will be known. I want to look at this famous verse from a slightly different perspective than I have dwelt with it before, so please pay close attention.
The shepherds didn't ask God if he was sure he knew what he was doing. Had the angel gone to the theologians, they would have first consulted their commentaries. Had he gone to the elite, they would have looked around to see if anyone was watching. Had he gone to the successful, they would have first looked at their calendars.
So he went to the shepherds. Men who didn't have a reputation to protect
or an ax to grind or a ladder to climb. Men who didn't know enough to tell
God that angels don't sing to sheep and that messiahs aren't found wrapped
in rags and sleeping in a feed trough. Max L. Lucado (1955- )
A. Jesus gave great counsel and displayed great wisdom.
he did not go around giving counsel to everybody. Many people sought his
advise and he
taught his disciples discretly. Some people think them must tell every body all they know on a
Subject. I read this illustration and laughed.
While she was enjoying a transatlantic ocean trip, Billie Burke, the famous actress, noticed that a gentleman at the next table was suffering from a bad cold. She asked him sympathetically, "Are you uncomfortable?" The man nodded. She said, "I'll tell you just what to do for it. Go back to your stateroom and drink lots of orange juice. Take two aspirins. Cover yourself with all the blankets you can find. Sweat the cold out. I know just what I'm talking about. I'm Billie Burke from Hollywood."
The man smiled warmly and introduced himself in return. He said, "Thanks.
I'm Dr. Mayo of the Mayo Clinic."
Napoleon summed up the admiration of the ages for Jesus Christ:
"Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I myself have founded great empires
.... But Jesus alone founded His empire upon love, and to this very day,
millions would die for Him. Jesus Christ was more than a man."
A preacher once met a member of a cult who challenged his views about the deity of Christ. "You say that Jesus Christ is coequal with the eternal Father, but He cannot be, for no son is ever as old as the one who has begotten him." The minister thought for a moment and then replied, "You yourself have just called God the eternal Father. Have you ever thought that statement through? Don't you realize that God can only be the eternal Father if He has an eternal Son? If you would rethink your position in the light of the Scriptures, you would see that eternal Fatherhood demands eternal Sonship!"
How is this for a description of Jesus' incarnation?
"He who never began to be, but eternally existed, and who continued to be what he eternally was,
began to be what he eternally was not."
Illustration Topic: Christ Subtopic: Humanity of Index: 719-723
A woman in India had learned that she was a sinner and that God is holy and cannot overlook sin. She often said, "I need some great prince to stand between my soul and God. Eventually she heard that the Bible contains the account of a Saviour who had died for sinners, so she asked a pundit to read the Bible to her. He began at the first chapter of Matthew, and as he read the list of names in the genealogy of Christ, the woman thought, "What a wonderful prince this Jesus must be to have such a long line of ancestors."
And when the pundit read, "Thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall
save his people from their sins" (Matt. 1:21), the woman exclaimed, "This
is the prince I want! This is the prince I want! The Prince who is also
a Saviour!" -- Billy Graham, World Aflame, p. 89.
The Messiah was born in Bethlehem nearly 2,000 years ago, to those who
recognize this fact He causes the realization of these titles to be true
in their lives.