“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, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Could you imagine attending a birthday party in your honor in which no one is allowed to say or write your name?
Unfortunately, in the name of multiculturalism and tolerance, too often in America today, we hear a “Happy Holidays” spoken and we celebrate a “Winter Break.”
We would rightly be offended if no one would wish us a “Happy Birthday” by name at our own party. It is hard to imagine that our Savior is not hurt by these efforts on the day we have chosen to celebrate His earthly birthday.
This shift is even more painful because of the wonderful names given to our Lord. The verse above details just a few of those names.
First, Jesus Christ is known as Wonderful. This word focuses especially on His works, which works are marvelous, admirable, and full of wonder. Each of us can speak of those great works of Christ in our own life.
Second, our Savior is to be called Counselor. The Hebrew word used here is one for an advisor or consultant. Just as we value experts for areas in which we need guidance in our personal and business lives, we also thank God for the ministry of Jesus Christ. He leads and directs our lives through the Holy Spirit each day!
Third, our Lord is crowned as The Mighty God and The Everlasting Father. Throughout history, many have tried to deny the deity of Jesus Christ, numbering Him among the prophets or other notable men. We recognize that the One born in the manger in Bethlehem is truly the Creator God who spoke the universe into existence! These two titles speak of Jesus as the all-powerful God.
Fourth, Jesus Christ is called The Prince of Peace. This well-known name reminds us of the offer of peace He gives to each of us. While wars and rumors of wars swirl all around us, we thank God for the inner peace He brings.
We encourage each of our families to remember the true meaning of Christmas as we celebrate the many names of Jesus Christ with our families!