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. Isaiah 9:6
Isaiah declares that a Child is born—one who would become a great man, a prophet, a wise teacher. But wait— Isaiah also stated 600 years before the Child was born, that His Name shall be called, Mighty God.
When we place the Baby in the nativity scene do we see God? Jesus Christ was born of a virgin in Bethlehem exactly as prophesied. Jesus Christ performed miracle after miracle to demonstrate His authority on earth. Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins to be the final sacrifice. Jesus Christ was risen from the dead to assure us of our salvation and eternal life. Jesus Christ, God among us.
Mighty: (def.) strong, powerful, able
Have we experienced anything Mighty in our Christmas? Have we realized His hope? Have we accepted His assurance of eternal life by believing He is the Son of God? Have we been released from guilt and shame by merely asking Him for forgiveness? Have we experienced His power? His comfort? His compassion? Do we look around at creation and stand in awe of His power and majesty?
Charles Spurgeon in 1859 spoke these words:
“Yes, he that hath loved me, washed me from my sins, and made me what I am, must be God, none but God could do what he has done, could bear so patiently, could bless so lavishly, forgive so freely, enrich so infinitely. He is, he must be, we will crown him such—The mighty God."