9 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. 3 You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. 4 For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. 5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. 6 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. 7 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.
Though their circumstances were grim, Isaiah tells Israel a Messiah is coming who will restore all things.
Jesus is that Messiah, and in this passage, Isaiah uses four titles to describe Jesus’ role and character: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given...and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6
Jesus makes decisions with divine wisdom we will never comprehend. Yet, His insight is not concealed from us. As a Wonderful Counselor, Jesus leads us to make wise decisions as well.
Mighty God is a recognition of Jesus’ divinity. Jesus is one with God. He was with God at the creation of the earth, and nothing is beyond His ability to influence and shape.
Jesus is called Everlasting Father because, through Him, we can know God the Father. “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:18).
The final title is Prince of Peace, Jesus is the ruler whose reign will bring about peace and tranquility that never cease.
In original context, for Israel, these names, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace would have brought joy and comfort during dangerous and unsettling circumstances. I feel the same is true for us today. These titles have a calming beauty to them, don’t they?
The implications are that whatever we may be experiencing, we can look to Jesus as our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.
Of the four names Isaiah uses to describe Jesus, which one means the most to you? Why?
How have you seen Jesus fulfill these roles in your life?