Friday, December 9, 2011

Advent–{What do you call Him?}

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What do you call Him? 

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, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6, NKVJ

As I was reading this passage today for the Advent study, I started to ask myself what those names really meant.

Wonderful – marvelous, astonishing, unusually good, astounding
Counselor – a person who gives advice, adviser, consultant

As Wonderful Counselor, Jesus is the Living Word.  Jesus is the Way, The Truth and The Life.  He is an infallible source of guidance and inexhaustible wisdom(Note from my Bible – I loved the wording!)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  John 14:6

Mighty – powerful, extraordinary

As Mighty God, Jesus is our hero, who triumphed over sin and death by way of the cross and resurrection.

O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is
your victory?”
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 15:55-57

Everlasting – lasting or enduring through all time, eternal, indefinite, tediously persistent.  Synonyms: ceaseless, dateless, deathless, endless, immortal, permanent, perpetual, unending.

As Everlasting Father, that is Jesus’ fatherly care for us…unending.  He is present everywhere and sees everything.  He is tediously persistent in His pursuit of us!  I LOVE that!!! ♥

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:9

Peace – tranquility or quiet, freedom from civil disturbance, state of security or order, freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.

As Prince of Peace, Jesus provides that safe place for us to feel freedom within our souls.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

And oh my!  There are so many other names – Messiah, Lord of lords, King of kings, Lamb of God and the list goes on.  I was going to ask the question – which is your favorite?  But as I read the list, I can’t pick just one!! Jesus is everything to me!  I love that He is always there when I need counsel, whether I want  it or not.  And who better to go to for “fatherly” stuff, than the one who is called Everlasting

And oh my – how many times I have trusted in Him as my Prince of Peace to quiet me in the midst of the storms of life?

So, what do you call Him?



1 comment:

Jeanette Edgar said...

He is indeed the Prince of Peace! After my mom passed away, those verses from 1 Cor 15 which you included in your post became some of the most precious to me.