“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
This messianic prophesy of Isaiah began to take shape in the form of a tiny newborn baby boy. Jesus, foretold as “Mighty God,” was born in a stable and that night would change everything for all eternity.
To us a Child is born, to us a Son is given: Inspired by the Holy Holy Spirit, Isaiah uses the Hebrew literary tool of repetition to emphasise something important:
1. To us a Child is born: Jesus had to become a man in order to qualify as our Saviour and High Priest. The Child had to be born.
What an incredible mystery! A little child is helpless, dependent, weak. The Messiah could have come as a fully-grown man, created as an adult in the way Adam was, but in order to fully identify with humanity, and to display in and through his life the servant nature, it was necessary that he be born:
“Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.”
Philippians 2:6-8 NLT
2. To us a Son is given: This Child would be born; fully man, but also fully God – the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God, freely given by the Father: (John 3:16)
Could there be a more glaringly obvious declaration of the deity of Jesus? The Messiah, Jesus, is the God of all creation, the all glorious LORD, King of kings, who reigns in Heaven, and he is the One worthy of our worship, praise and adoration.
“Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Philippians 2:9-11 NLT
Jesus truly was, and is, Mighty God, sovereign in every aspect.
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