Isaiah 9:6-7 (ESV)
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will do this.
Please take time to read this amazing foretelling of Jesus Christ again, this time from The Message:
Isaiah 9:6-7 (MSG)
For a child has been born—for us! the gift of a son—for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness. His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings. He’ll rule from the historic David throne over that promised kingdom. He’ll put that kingdom on a firm footing and keep it going. With fair dealing and right living, beginning now and lasting always. The zeal of God-of-the-Angel-Armies will do all this.
When you hear these amazing words, with fair dealing and right living, do you they sound familiar to you? Remember Job’s statement, “ For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.” These words indicate that one day, when Jesus stands upon the earth, He will make all things right! I long for that day! Do you?
But who, where, is he that shall undertake and accomplish these great things for the church? The prophet tells us (v. 6,7) they shall be done by the Messiah, Immanuel, that son of a virgin whose birth he had foretold (ch. 7:14), and now speaks of, in the prophetic style, as a thing already done: the child is born, not only because it was as certain, and he was as certain of it as if it had been done already, but because the church before his incarnation reaped great benefit and advantage by his undertaking in virtue of that first promise concerning the seed of the woman, Genesis 3:15. As he was the Lamb slain, so he was the child born, from the foundation of the world, Revelation 13:8. All the great things that God did for the Old-Testament church were done by him as the eternal Word, and for his sake as the Mediator. He was the Anointed, to whom God had respect (Psa. 84:9), and it was for the Lord’s sake, for the Lord Christ’s sake, that God caused his face to shine upon his sanctuary, Daniel 9:17.
—Matthew Henry’s Commentary
Do you have any doubts that Jesus Christ is and was the child, the Messiah spoken of in Isaiah 9:6-7?
Rev. Andy Bales
President/CEO of Union Rescue Mission