Scripture: Isaiah 9:6
Reflection: Birth announcements are a joy and a celebration of new life. Whether it is an extravagant announcement or a simple phone call to close family and friends, it is a moment of wonder, excitement, and change. Every birth announcement I have received comes after the birth of the newborn child, but Isaiah’s announcement comes before the birth — several hundred years before. When Isaiah writes of this Son, “And his name will be called Wonderful,” he used the Hebrew word that denotes something indescribably great —literally, filled with wonders. This child who will be “born” for us and “given” to us is someone or something so amazing that it is beyond all description and beyond our comprehension. So much so the names that are attributed to Jesus are also attributed to God. He will be called Wonderful Counselor — one who understands things that are beyond us, unveiling secrets about ourselves we have yet to know, showing the way of truth and grace. He will be called Mighty God — one who is strong and powerful, transforming the world through love and mercy. He will be called Everlasting Father — one who will care for God’s people forever, comforting those who are alone and unappreciated. He will be called Prince of Peace — one who will bring deep well-being and right relationships, extending from the least to all the cosmos.
Who is this child that will born in the likeness of God? Jesus Christ.
Author: Ben Brannan, Resident Pastor
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[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].