The Savior God Promised has Come!
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)
In these two verses the prophet of God describes the glorious Person and work of the Messiah, the Redeemer, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, by whom God would fulfill all his promises of mercy and grace.
Our Savior’s Virgin Birth — Here is the incarnation and virgin birth of our Lord Jesus Christ - “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder.” Isaiah speaks first of the humanity of Christ. — “For unto us a child is born.” As the Son of man, Christ was born, the woman’s Seed. In his humiliation as a human baby our Savior was as helpless as any other baby! He required the sustenance of his mother’s breasts, the care of her hands, and the warmth of the blankets she wrapped around him. He was a real man.
But he is also the eternal God. Here is the deity of our Savior. — “Unto us a son is given.” The Son of God was not born of the virgin, but given through the virgin’s womb. Though he assumed our nature as the child born, he never ceased to be God, the Son given.
The prophet also proclaimed the exaltation of Christ as the incarnate God-man. — “The government shall be upon his shoulder.” As the reward of his obedience to God as our Representative, Christ has been given the government of creation, providence, and grace.
Our Savior’s Character — Here is the amazing character of our Savior. — “And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” Yes, Jesus Christ is wonderful in all that he is and does. He is our Counselor to teach us wisdom. He is God, the mighty One, the second Person of the Holy Trinity. He is the Father of his spiritual seed, the church, forever. And he is the Prince of Peace. He promised peace, purchased peace, and bestows peace.
Our Savior’s Exaltation — Here is the glorious exaltation of our Lord Jesus Christ. — “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth, even forever!” His kingdom is an ever increasing, peaceful, prudent, just, and eternal, spiritual kingdom.
Our Savior’s Success — Here is the infallible security of God’s purpose. — “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” God’s zeal for his own name and his own people will accomplish his purpose of grace. He who is God our Savior is that one of whom it is written, “He shall not fail!” He who cried, “I come to do thy will, O God,” can never fail! This is the Savior we trust.
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