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.
I really like this particular Messianic prophecy because it is so rich in its description of GOD. This is more than a list of nick names for a really great guy; it is a prophecy that helps us to understand who GOD is to us. Right off the bat you can see here the whole trinity being represented in Christ’s list of names. The Holy Spirit is called the Counselor by Jesus just before he ascends into heaven. The Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace are both names for Christ but can also refer to GOD the Father and GOD the Son, respectively. All of this is tied together with Mighty GOD, as all three–the Father, the Son, and the Spirit– are Fully GOD, and fully mighty.
Let’s take a look at each part of the verse and see what it reveals to us about Jesus Christ, other than his birth and name.
A child is born, to us a Son is given;
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Christ was given to the world as a gift from the Father. This was GOD’s good work of forgiveness and restoration between himself and man. God loves us so much that he willing to forgive us our sins if we come to his Son, who died and rose again for that very purpose.
Notice that Luke 2:11 calls him Lord; this is part of the gift. Not only that we be given a way of forgiveness, but that we be able to come under his Lordship. The things he commands us he does so for our good. (Deuteronomy 10:13) However, do not think that Christ was forced in to being the sacrificial lamb that takes away our sins; he did it willingly.
17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
…the government shall be upon his shoulder,
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
1 Corinthians 15: 24-25
24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
Jesus Christ is the King of Kings. All authority has been given him by the Father. Even those who are in a position of earthly authority will have to answer to him. Even Pilot, who turned Jesus over to be crucified, was told by Jesus that the only “authority” that he had over Jesus was that which had been given to him by GOD to suit his purpose at the cross.
Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.”
His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor…
And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
Christ gives wisdom and counsel through his Spirit, which lives in those who follow him. The Spirit helps us to discern the will of GOD and to understand GOD’s word. This counsel is important. The world does not offer pure truth. It twist and changes it to meet it’s own ends. The world is a suppressor of truth (Romans 1:18). Good counsel is that which come from GOD. One should not trust circumstance over the Word of GOD and prayer.
“in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
…Mighty God, Everlasting Father...
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
“I and the Father are one.”
Jesus Christ is not only the Son of GOD, he is GOD. Who else but GOD could live a perfect life of righteousness? The only way for a perfect sacrifice to be made on behalf of the world was for GOD himself to come down and be that perfect sacrifice (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
…Prince of Peace.
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
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 Christ is the giver of peace. This is not a thing that can be obtained through what the world has to offer, because the world and everything in it is temporal. These things shall all pass away, but the peace that the Lord Jesus Christ gives is eternal. This is not to be confused with happiness, which is an emotion.
Peace is deeper. Peace in fact shines most brightly when the shadows of this world cover us in our times of trouble. The peace which Christ gives us comes from the fact that we are forgiven, being justified through faith in Jesus Christ our GOD, and that no matter what happens Christ will not leave or forsake those who belong to him.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.