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Daily Reading: 28th December 2015

Isaiah 9.6 cont.

[6] For a child is born to us, a Son is given to us. And the government will rest on His shoulders. These will be His royal titles: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

There are three other royal titles that are prophesied about Jesus. He is the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.

In the Uk when an heir to the throne is born they receive the title of ‘Royal Highness’. When Prince George was born to Prince William and Princess Catherine much was said in the media about him being the future king. Certain other titles may be given to those of royal lineage, but we have to wait to learn what they are.

We are not told hundreds of years in advance what these titles will be.

Yet it was about 700 years before Jesus was born that Isaiah prophesied the royal titles that Jesus would have, and they are titles that describe His character and His eternal nature.

He is the Mighty God, which means that He is all powerful. In his gospel John emphasizes the mighty power of Jesus in these words:

Through Him all things came into being, and without Him not even one thing that has been created came into being John 1.3.

He creates all things. The stars move on the courses that He has set. The earth He has placed at just the right distance from the sun. Every living thing is created by Him. Such is His Mighty power, and it was by His Mighty power that He defeated the devil and death, so that we might be saved from the kingdom of darkness and be delivered into His glorious Kingdom of Light.

He is the Everlasting Father. During His ministry Jesus spoke about the Oneness of the Father and Himself. He said: “I and the Father are One.” – John 10.30. He said that He could only do what He saw the Father doing, emphasizing the complete oneness and sameness of the Father and the Son. This is what was prophesied by Isaiah the prophet in the seventh century BC. This is one of those verses in the Old Testament that gives us the teaching concerning the Trinity.

Jesus was, is, and always will be, because He is eternally One with the Father. He is eternally the same; He will never change, because He doesn’t need to change. It is because He is eternal that His word will never pass away.

cont. tomorrow.

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