Peace. It’s something we all need, something we all crave.

As I close this series on Isaiah 9:6, there’s one more name to consider. This verse identifies the nature of the Messiah, whose birth we celebrate every Christmas. We have talked about Jesus being Wonderful, our Counselor, the Mighty God, and the Everlasting Father. It’s fitting that this series of names ends with Prince of Peace. ...

 

 

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When I read Isaiah 9:6, I pause the longest at this name—Everlasting Father. It’s been a treasure to me for a long time, although I think it’s odd to call Jesus a Father. I have always thought it referred to Jesus’ loving nature, but the word father in Hebrew gives this name a new meaning.

“Everlasting Father” literally means “the father of eternity.”1 It was a Hebrew and Arabic custom to call “he who possesses a thing … the father of it.”2 For Jesus to be the father of eternity means that He is eternal. He possesses eternity, and there is never a time when we have to doubt if He’ll be there. He is forever, with no beginning and no end. This name means that His rule as King won’t be short-lived like so many kings of this earth. His rule will be eternal, constant, and sure, because He is. ...

 

 

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Wonderful. Counselor. Mighty God. Everlasting Father. Prince of Peace.

In the middle of the description about Jesus—the Child who was promised and the Messiah who was to come—power is mentioned. Long before He came to earth, Jesus had been the Mighty God.

Present with the Father and the Spirit before the universe existed, He—with Them—spoke creation into being. As Mighty God, He took part in creating galaxies and constellations, mountains and trees, animals and people. Since history began, all things have been sustained by Him. “And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Col 1:17, NKJV). Mighty God.

 

 

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Katy loves to write about how God works in our lives on a daily basis. Each day with Him is an adventure. As she captures some of those adventure moments here, share what God is teaching you as well.

 

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