Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mighty God

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Some of the prophecies about Christ in the Old Testament are statements so bold, so large, that generations have been spellbound. They have been held as treasures, and still are yet to be fully comprehended. Isaiah’s oracle about the Son who would be born is one of those. He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…and in that moment of great inspiration, Isaiah revealed Him as Mighty God!

In the Jewish mind, nothing was more important than the belief in one God. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!” [The Shema: Deuteronomy 6:4]. Not two gods, not two thousand gods, but one God and only one who is to be worshiped above all. Now, fast forward to the coming Mighty God, Jesus. The Magi worshiped Him. The fishermen worshiped Him. Mary and Thomas worshiped Him.

When Jesus, the Mighty God, came, there is not a hint at anything suggesting there is more than one God. It’s just that God, being who He is, chose to be with us — another of those bold statements: “Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a Son, and name Him Immanuel—God with us” [Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23].

The Christmas story is about the true entry of God into human affairs. The same God who created humanity, took humanity on Himself when it suited his purposes—to save that same humanity.

Not any kind of god would do that. Only the one, the true, the "Mighty God.” A God who would do that is truly worthy of worship. 

For unto us a Child is born, 
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

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