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Birth Announcement Resume

Isaiah 9:1-7

Verse 6 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 Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The birth announcement we talked about yesterday didn’t end with the proclamation, “It’s a boy!” Keeping up with our theme for this study this announcement includes a partial resume.

The four things listed are definitely not things that would be said about an infant. A newborn is not the one we would go to for advice and wisdom. Even if we did the child couldn’t express the needed wisdom to help us. And wonderful counselor seems to imply experience and a baby doesn’t have that to draw from. Yes, wonderful counselor seems out of place in a birth announcement.

Well, if wonderful counselor was out of place, the title of Mighty God should seem to be the farthest thing from possible. Mighty God is a term used in worship and adoration for the Creator of the universe, it isn’t a title given to a helpless little baby. How could a child who can barely lift its own arm, create anything worthwhile? How can an infant who can’t speak a word, command the world into being? Almighty God came in the tiniest, most helpless being.

Now the next one is really a head scratcher! The everlasting Father. We all know a child can’t be his own father and yet this is what this verse seems to be saying. It isn’t humanly possible and yet here it is on the birth announcement. The concept of the Trinity is one of those things we just can’t fully grasp. The Lord had lived in the heavenly realm and so He was everlasting. The fact that this baby is being born to die, really stretches our thinking.

Lastly we come to Prince of peace. A baby king being given the nickname of prince. The baby that was born to divide kingdoms and families with His teachings, is called the prince of peace. This tiny baby came with the biggest plan. His coming set in motion the only way that humans could be reconciled to the Father. He came to die, which is quite possibly the biggest conundrums of the Christmas story.

Making It Personal

Why do you think these things were listed in the birth announcement? Which of these things do you feel have made the biggest impact in your life? Which one are you going to praise Him for today?

Making It Personal Kids

Why do you think they included these names for Jesus? Can you think of a time when Jesus showed you kindness by using one of those with you? Which one will you praise Him for today?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for giving this word of prophecy to Isaiah. While we are bound by time, we know You are not and so we know that You are busy working out Your purposes in our lives. Help us reflect You in every way. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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