FS Word of Power
December 4, 2019
“His name shall be…”
We just lit the first candle of advent entering a time of great anticipation, WAITING, for Christmas to arrive. Today let us open our hearts and listen to the prophet Isaiah foretelling the birth of the son of God, Yeshua, destined to be born in a manger in Bethlehem. During this time of advent (waiting for the arrival of the Messiah) I believe God wants to remind us of who we are actually waiting for and reveal to us some things about His name.
What´s in a name? Well in our days, names do not hold much significance but in Old Testament times, a name stood for a person’s “reputation, their fame and their glory.” Parents often gave children names that described the parent’s hopes and future expectations regarding that child. People were given the names they were given for a reason. For example: David means “Beloved.” Abraham means “Father of a multitude.” Jacob means “Trickster.” Goliath means “Splendor.” All of these people proved true to their names!
In the Old Testament God often revealed Himself through his name sharing His true identity, letting us know WHO he really is: the great I AM, Lord of hosts, Jehovah Shalom; So announcing the upcoming birth of Yeshua some 700 hundred years before an angel visits Mary, He does the same thing: proclaiming who His Son will be! Isaiah 9:6 – “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,
WONDERFUL COUNSELOR –– Literally He is “wonder of a counselor.” He gives comfort and strength throughout time and eternity. The Messiah is Himself a “Wonder.” The word refers to what God has done, not man. He is God Himself. This Child is a Wonder. He will rule with unfailing depth of Wisdom. He will not need counselors or a cabinet; He is Himself Counselor.
MIGHTY GOD – He is El gibor (Hebrew)- the strong one. A great God, powerful, living, true God, omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient.
ETERNAL FATHER – He is an everlastingly Father. He is loving, paternal, concerned, tender, faithful, wise, guardian, provider and protector. Psalm103:13 “Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.”
The Apostle Paul admonishes us in Romans 8:15 with these words: “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” Here is a father worthy of the name who will never leave you or forsake you.
PRINCE OF PEACE – He rules over His people with peace. The peace He gives is eternal. He is the embodiment of peace; therefore, He rules over His redeemed people as a Prince bringing peace. He gives us his indescribable peace the very moment we put our trust in Him.
- When you put your faith in Jesus Christ, you have a Wonderful Counselor.
- When you believe in Jesus Christ, you are trusting in the Mighty God. Do you feel helpless in a confused and angry world? Are you carrying a heavy burden which is too heavy for you alone to carry? The Mighty God is your strength. There is nothing, which He cannot carry out. He is able to save all who trust in Him.
- When you believe in Jesus Christ, you have an Eternal Father. You have one who always loves, is concerned, and committed to what is best for you. One Father will never leave you or forsake you. He gives us eternal security.
- When you trust in Jesus Christ, you have the Prince of Peace as your ruler. Is there a storm brewing in your heart? Are you anxious and restless? He is the only one who can give you deep inner peace. Need a shepherd for stormy days? Let Him be your Prince.
What´s in a name?
Everything you need for CHRISTMAS!