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Friday Reflection


15th January 2021

divine birth announcement

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 Counsellor,
  Mighty God,
  Everlasting Father,
  Prince of Peace.

..... Isaiah 9:6

In this reading above
we have the recounting of Jesus'
divine birth announcement
from the book of Isaiah.

Heard over the Christmas period
for many years we come familiar
with the words, but this year
it struck me that the words read
like a collection of curious
name tags. -
'Wonderful Counsellor,
 Mighty God,
 Everlasting Father,
 Prince of Peace.'

Jesus' many names are not
an indicator that he's
unpredictable and prone to change.
They are a vivid reminder that
he is unrivalled and
cannot be restricted.

These names provide an insight
into his unchanging character.
Each name of Jesus reveals
a feature of his divine nature
and an aspect of his limitless love.

But best of all,
each of Jesus' names issues
a personal invitation for us
to know him more intimately
and trust him more fully.

Jesus, our

Wonderful counsellor,

summons us to know him as a
compassionate advocate.
Counsellors in the Bible are
often people from whom one
seeks wisdom and advice.

Later in Isaiah we find this verse:

2 The Spirit of the Lord
  will rest on him -
  the Spirit of wisdom
  and of understanding,
  the Spirit of counsel
  and of might,
  the Spirit of the knowledge
  and fear of the Lord.

.....Isaiah 11:2

Jesus has the wisdom of God,
the creator of the universe;
he is the wisest of the wise
as far as counsellors
are concerned.
He is qualified in a way that
no human counsellor or
friend could ever be.
Not only is Jesus qualified
on a super human level,
He knows us better than
anyone else ever could.

I have summoned you by name;
you are mine.

....Isaiah 43:1

Having come to earth
in human form and experienced
what it is to be human,
he understands and empathises
with our problems and offers
us mercy and grace when
we are in need.
We know he has our best
interests at heart
and loves us more than
we can comprehend.

Jesus, our

Mighty God,

wants us to rest secure
in his potent power and
supreme authority.
He shows that He is the
Son of God by His mighty works.
He has power over the wind and sea;
over evil spirits;
over sickness and disease;
and over death itself.
He not only has the power to
heal people and to raise people
from the dead,
but he could do something that
was far more important:
he could forgive their sins.
St Paul wrote in his letter
to the church in Rome;

"For whosoever shall call upon
the name of the Lord
shall be saved."

..... 10:13

Jesus, our

Everlasting Father

is a difficult concept.
How can Jesus be the 'Son';
the second person in the Trinity,
and yet be called
'Everlasting Father'
who is the first person
of the Trinity?

Isaiah isn't telling us that
God the Son is the same person
as God the Father.
He is speaking of a child
who will be born some
700 years in the future -
yet he makes clear that
this child is the author
of eternity,
the "father of time"!
This is truly mind boggling.

It is comforting to read,

"His name shall be called . . .
"Everlasting Father"

.....(Isa. 9:6).

Once we become a child of Christ,
we are his and he is ours forever.
Nothing in all creation
will be able to separate us
from his love.
Not even death itself -
in fact,
it will only draw us nearer.

Finally, we come to

Prince of Peace.

Jesus is the only reason
we can truly live peacefully with God.
Jesus is called the Prince of Peace
because He restores every
broken relationship,
provides a well-ordered
and balanced life,
and offers the assurance
of eternal life.

The right relationship with God
is the foundation of living
in harmony with all His creation.
In Jesus, our fears of death
are removed and replaced
with the gift of eternal life.

So, let's get to know our Saviour
by name this year and as we do,
let's remember that no matter
who we find him to be -
there's always more to Jesus.

It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'Turn your eyes upon Jesus.'
sung by
Hillsong worship
via the link shown below.