“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end.”
(Isaiah 9:6, 7)
The birth of a child is a big deal. Maybe (to the parents at least) it’s the very biggest of big deals. So perhaps it’s appropriate that our Father God has expressed His devotion to His children of all time and all places in such an understandable package. Every child is special, but this Child would be unique! And, as someone said, this birth announcement was made more than seven centuries before the due date!
And look at that plethora of superlatives. His name will be called “Mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6), a designation that is used for Jehovah in Isaiah 10:21, “The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the Mighty God.” The Child is called, “Wonderful, Counsellor.” In Isaiah 28:29 we read: “This also comes from the LORD of hosts, who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance.”
The Child is also called ‘Eternal Father’. In what sense can the Messiah be called ‘Father’? In Hebrews (2:13), Isaiah 8:18 is quoted and applied to the Messiah: “Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.” Jesus calls His followers ‘children’ (Mark 10:24; John 21:5) and ‘little children’ (John 13:33).
And this is where we come in. Children of the king! We are part of the king-story too! What on earth does that mean?
Bill Johnson explained it well in a couple of wonderful quotes. He said: “Royalty is my identity. Servanthood is my assignment. Intimacy with God is my life source.”
And again: “Rule with the heart of a servant. Serve with the heart of a king.”
These truths are ours, because of the birth of the glory-child. And remember:
“You will be perpetually unhappy if you continue to refuse to walk in your calling.” ― Brandi L. Bates
This is a clip from Ken & Val’s recent book This Hope We Have