This is the first week of December and I am beginning to think about Christmas preparations. Because I want to be prepared spiritually as well as physically for the celebrations on December 25, my desire is to decorate both my heart and our home for the holiday. So, the boxes of Christmas decorations have come up from the basement and the book entitled His Name is Wonderful by Warren W. Wiersbe has come off my bookshelf. Now I am ready to dig into the boxes to find ornaments to put upon our tree and to dig into the Bible to find scriptures to meditate upon within my heart. For my Bible study, I am focusing upon Isaiah 9:6 that lists five descriptive names for Jesus. According to Warren Wiersbe, these names prophesied by Isaiah had two purposes. First, each name revealed who the Messiah was to be as a person. Second, each name described a blessing the Messiah would share with us. Today we claim Jesus as our Messiah and He personifies each of these names. I will refer to more of Wiersbe’s comments throughout this blog.
While decorating our Christmas tree, I carefully handle each ornament and remember where and why we purchased the specific decoration. While decorating my heart for Christmas, I ponder carefully each specific Messianic name recorded in Isaiah 9:6. I want to gain new understanding of each definitive title for Jesus mentioned by Isaiah. I want to envision each specific name recorded by Isaiah as a unique Christmas ornament.
For unto us a Child is born,
unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name shall be called
Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 NKJV
(It is interesting to note that the King James Version and the New King James Version are the only Bible translations that put a comma between Wonderful and Counselor resulting in two descriptive words rather than one. I like this distinction for my personal study.)
His name is Wonderful. This takes care of the dullness of life. (W. Wiersbe)
You are the God who works wonders;
You have made known Your strength among the peoples.
Psalm 77:14 New American Standard
During this busy season, life is certainly not dull for me but there are other times when life appears to be rather mundane. I can prevent this complacency by focusing upon the fulness of the wonder that is exhibited by Jesus and His life. I stand in awe of the revelation of not only His love, but also His power. Miracles are His wonders that fill the earth and my life.
My Reader, since Jesus is Wonderful, look for the manifestation of His wonderous works in your life this Christmas.
His name is Counselor. This takes care of the decisions of life. (W. Wiersbe)
You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
Psalm 73:24 NIV
I definitely need the Lord’s counsel and guidance each day of my life, especially before the holidays. Without His help, I may not make the best decisions regarding Christmas preparations or major life decisions. Isaiah would not have described the Lord as a counselor if I did not require a counselor to live my life to the fullest.
My Reader, since Jesus is the Counselor, seek His counsel in a specific way each day of this holiday season.
THE MIGHTY GOD
His name is the Mighty God. This takes care of the demands of life. (W. Wiersbe)
for the Mighty One has done great things for me– holy is his name.
Luke 1:49 NIV
As the Mighty God, not only has He done great things for me but He continues to do great things for me. This gives me the assurance that I will accomplish everything I need to do before Christmas Day. It may not be all I want to do but it will be all I need to do. I must remember the availability of the mightiness and power of God on a daily basis. However, He is concerned about much greater purposes than my Christmas plans.
My Reader, since Jesus is the Mighty God, rely upon His power for your strength during the days of Christmas and every day.
THE EVERLASTING FATHER
His name is the Everlasting Father. This takes care of the dimensions of life. (W. Wiersbe)
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
John 10:10 New American Standard
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.
My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
John 19:10 New Living Translation
I like the wording of both of these translations and each one gives me a little different understanding. The thought of an abundant life is very appealing but I also like the description of life being rich and satisfying. “The dimensions of life” was a difficult phrase for me to understand. As I looked for some clarification, I found the word “magnitude.” I came to realize that life has a greater magnitude than the demands of preparing for the holidays. Warren Wiersbe says, “We live in time, but we live for eternity.” During this time of year, I might be tempted to think of abundance in relation to the number of gifts purchased or the amount of money spent. However, the abundance that God provides extends to eternity and has a much richer and deeper meaning. I do not want to get caught up in the materialism and commercialism of this holiday.
Jesus offers a dimension to my life that go beyond the natural realm to the supernatural realm. In Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament, “Father” meant “originator of” or “author of.” As Father, Jesus is the source of everlasting life because it is by accepting Him as our personal Savior, that we have the assurance of salvation.
My Reader, since Jesus is the Everlasting Father, see the baby in the manger as the source of eternal life as you celebrate Christmas this year.
THE PRINCE OF PEACE
His name is the Prince of Peace. This takes care of the disturbances of life. (W. Wiersbe)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27 NIV
Peace is a gift from God for the holiday season as well as all seasons of life. All of us have a legitimate concern for peace throughout the nations of the world but this is not the kind of peace offered by the Prince of Peace. God’s peace transcends even my request for sanity during the busyness of holiday preparations. It is a spiritual peace, not simply an emotional peace. I must strive to be at peace no matter what the circumstances are around me. The best way for me to experience this contentment is to fill my mind with scriptures that will allow the Lord to fill me with his presence.
My Reader, do not let stress overcome the peace of the Lord this season.
His name is Jesus. This is the name at which every knee shall bow. (Philippians 2:10)
“You will conceive and give birth to a son,
and you are to call him Jesus.”
Isaiah prophesied about him as the Messiah yet to come. He gave names that described him. However, Luke recorded the revelation given to Mary by an angel as to what His name was to be. Jesus – the name above all names.
Today I have taken time to embellish my mind with spiritual reminders of who Jesus is as well as to adorn our Christmas tree with decorative ornaments. The true meaning of the season will be more prevalent for me when I remember who I am honoring this season. I want to celebrate Jesus’ birth by commemorating who He is as a person and what He desires to do for me and all people. He is Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace!
My Reader, take time to decorate your home for the holiday but also take time to meditate upon God’s Word so that your heart and mind will be filled with the message of Christmas.