These two verses, from the Old Testament book of Isaiah, chapter nine, are a wonderful part of Christmas.
They are a part of God’s gracious promise to Israel of a Messiah, a saviour, who would rescue God’s people from the cycle of sin and judgement, and bring about a restored relationship between God and all mankind.
The one who is prophesied is a child, a son, a real human being born in the line of descent from King David. This child is descended from a king, and is himself a king, indeed he is the King, the one upon whom the government, the rule over all heaven and earth, will be set.
He will sit upon the throne of David, his father according to human descent, and upon the throne of God, his true Father according to his essential divine nature.
Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, is that King; both man and God, perfectly united in one person. Jesus Christ is that Messiah, the Saviour of the world.
Jesus is that “Wonderful counsellor,” the source of all wisdom, understanding, and knowledge of God. Jesus is made present to us by that other great counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus sends to live in, and with, all those who love and trust in him.
Jesus is that “Mighty God,” the only God, there can be no other. Jesus is God-with-us, Emmanuel; he is the perfect image of the Father, the one in whom God was pleased to dwell.
Jesus is the “Everlasting Father,” one with God the father, he is the one who both created and saved us. He is the one through whom, and for whom, and by whom, all things were created.
Jesus is the “Prince of Peace,” the one whose, life, preaching, death and resurrection provided a way for the destruction of man’s sin, and opens the way to new life by faith in him. This new life, free from sin and death, reconciled to God the father, is a life of peace and joy.
At Christmas we celebrate the birth of the man, Jesus Christ. He was real man, made of flesh and blood, come into the world with all the weakness and frailty of any other baby, and yet, this was no ordinary man. Jesus Christ is God’s Son, the Saviour of the world.
It is Jesus Christ who is Wonderful Counsellor.
It is Jesus Christ who is Mighty God.
It is Jesus Christ who is Everlasting Father, and
it is Jesus Christ who is the Prince of Peace.
In a year marked by hardship and suffering, at a time of uncertainty and anxiety, pray that Jesus Christ will be revealed to you as the only true source of peace and hope.