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.
We learn much about Jesus the Messiah and His character in this verse. We see this Messiah did not come as an adult but was born as a child. This refers to Jesus’ humanity and His identifying Himself with all mankind (Phil. 2:7).
He was given as a Son. This Child was human, but He is also the eternal Son of God, the Second Person of the Godhead. The Messiah, is fully God and fully man (Isaiah 7:14). We needed a perfect, infinite Person to offer a perfect, infinite atonement for our sins.
Charles Spurgeon stated, “The Son must suffer, he must be the substitute, must bear his people’s sins and be punished in their stead; the Father must accept the Son’s substitution and allow his people to go free, because Christ had paid their debts. The Spirit of the living God must then cleanse the people whom the blood had pardoned, and so they must be accepted before the presence of God, even the Father.”
Furthermore, the government will be on His shoulders. This will be fulfilled in the Millennium, when Jesus will rule the earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords over all power and authority (Revelation 20:4-6).
The Messiah Jesus is Wonderful in that He is exceptional in every way. His power and majesty are far beyond what we can comprehend. As a result, He is the only Counselor that can advise and guide us without error.
The Messiah is Mighty God, declaring His deity as the omnipotent, supreme Ruler who is worthy of our worship and praise.
He is the Everlasting Father (or “Source”) of eternity. Eternal Himself, He bestows eternal life on those who believe in Him. (It does not mean that Jesus Himself is the Person of the Father in the Trinity.)
This Messiah that came to the nation Israel can be your Messiah and Savior today. This is the very reason why Jesus came to pay your sin debt, to die in your place, and to fulfill all the requirements necessary to reconcile you back into an eternal relationship with God the Father. Right now, ask God to forgive you of your sins and save you on behalf of Jesus’ sacrifice for you. This Child was born not just for a Merry Christmas, but for you to have everlasting life! Ask in faith now.