Emmanuel, God with us

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulders: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 KJV

His name is called Wonderful. The word wonderful in this verse literally means “incomprehensible.” Isn’t that awesome! Jesus will be and is full of wonder. He will perform many great miracles that will be beyond our comprehension. He will sit with sinners, the people who are the nobodies in society, and the lowly in spirit. He will cause the blind to see, the lame man to walk, the dumb to speak again, the tumors and growths to disappear. What a Wonderful Savior!

He is Counselor. Oh how we need the wise counsel of our Wonderful Savior. Jesus know each and every one of us on such a deep, personal level. He knows our every thought, every hurt, every worry and fear before we even form our prayer. He knows what each and every one of us is going through and He always knows the right course of action to bring us into victory. We can trust Jesus to listen to our problems and lead us in the right direction. We can give Him every fear and worry and not have to be concerned that He will think any less of us because He loves each of us with an unconditional love.

Jesus is the Mighty God. The Hebrew translation of Mighty is “gibbor” which means strength, power, hero, warrior. Jesus is called El Gibbor the God of Strength, the God of Power, God our hero, and God our Warrior. Jesus demonstrated this title by having the power over nature when He calmed the storm in Mark 4:35. He has power over every disease, power over demons, power over sin, and power over death. He is in control of everything going on in your life right now. Sometimes it may seem like Jesus has left you and you are all alone in this world, but this is the moment to remember Him as Mighty God, your Warrior fighting your battles for you. Nothing is too big for Him to handle.

He is the Everlasting Father. He has no beginning and no end.

He is the Prince of Peace. Apart from Jesus we can have no peace in our hearts. Jesus came to restore our broken relationship between us and our Heavenly Father. He gives us peace in our troubling circumstances. John 16:33 says: “These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you may have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” Because we have peace with God, we have the peace of God available to us in all circumstances.

John 14:27 says:

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor let them be afraid.”

Are you feeling overwhelmed or full of worry this Christmas season? Meditate on the Christmas story and remember what Jesus came to do for you. He came to give you an abundant life. Find scriptures in the Bible that pertain to peace and joy. He loves you so much and is always with you. It is possible for you to have joy and find joy in today when you call on the wonderful, beautiful name of Jesus.

I will leave you with an adorable picture of three camels I saw at our local zoo the other day. Every time I look at it, it brings a smile to my face.

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