6 For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end.
He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord of Armies will accomplish this.
The Advent Gift, the Child given to us, is so magnificent our language cannot comprehensively describe Him. In this penultimate prophesy, Isaiah describes who Jesus would be. We’ve seen Jesus as the Wonderful Counselor. Let us see Him today as Mighty God and Everlasting Father.
Jesus Himself sheds light on the depth and beauty of the meaning of these names in the Sermon on the Mount. In teaching us to pray, Jesus instructs us to address God this way,
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name…” (Matthew 6:9)
In praying like this, we approach God both as Mighty and Everlasting Father. The implications of these names are incalculable. What does it mean to say that Jesus is “Mighty God,” or to pray “hallowed be your name?” What does it mean to say that Jesus is “Everlasting Father,” or to pray “Our Father in heaven?”
The refrain from a classic children’s prayer is helpful in answering these questions. Maybe as a child you were taught to pray something like this,
“God is great. God is good…”
To pray to a Great or Mighty God is to pray to a God who is majestic, powerful, without weakness, and able to move on our behalf. Fundamentally, it is to pray to a God who is NOT like us. Because He is Mighty, He can do what we cannot do. Only a Mighty God has the power to create, rise from the dead, defeat Satan, and offer redemption to mankind. This is a God like no other. A truly Mighty and Hallowed God.
To pray to a Good or Everlasting Father is to pray to a God who is faithful, just, perfect, and without blemish. Fundamentally, it is to pray to a God who is NOT like us. Because He is a Good and Everlasting Father, we can trust Him. He is faithful to perform what He promises. He is compassionate toward us and is always working for our good. He is a perfect Dad.
As you reflect this season on the true gift of Advent, Jesus – remember that He is both Great and Good. He is both Able and Trustworthy. He is both Holy and Here with us.
Reflection: Close your eyes and spend the next 60 seconds thinking of all the ways God has been mighty (great) and all the ways He has been trustworthy (good) in your life.