In the wake of wicked rulers and the promise of impending judgment, would there be any hope for the Kingdom of Judah? A spiritual darkness covered the land. Hope was all but lost. Then, Isaiah receives a word from the Lord. “To us a child is born.” Could this be the one? Could this child be the seed
of the woman that was spoken of in Genesis 3, who would heal the brokenness of a world in sin? Indeed, this child would be the long-awaited King. The government would rest upon His shoulders. He would stand victoriously under the weight that had crushed the rulers before Him. He would rule His people as the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. We live in the age that Isaiah longed for… knowing this King.

Jesus is Wonderful Counselor. His plans are unfolded in wisdom. He guides us as a Good Shepherd.

Jesus is Mighty God. He has the power to illuminate blind eyes, liberate the possessed, and guide galaxies stretched over a canvas He spoke into existence. More than that, He had the power to lay down His life and take it up again, proclaiming the death of death and life to those who trust in Him.

Jesus is Everlasting Father. “Father” is a descriptor in this passage, distinct from God the Father. It is an illustration. He loves and cares for those that belong to Him as a good dad loves and cares for his children.

Jesus is Prince of Peace. He offers a peace that we do not deserve. Romans 5:1 declares, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” The reality of this hope enables us to trust Jesus with our lives, to rejoice in His good purposes, and to find rest in the peace that He has purchased.

~ Randy Overstreet