For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Today we will take one last look at the second name given by the prophet Isaiah to Jesus Christ, this child who was born for us, this son who was given to us.
Mighty God – We have barely scratched the surface of the Scriptures to see how Jesus is our Mighty God. He walked on water, turned water into wine, cast out demons, cured lepers, gave sight to the blind, made the lame walk, and brought the dead back to life. He calmed the wind and waves of a ferocious storm with a word, and He multiplied five loaves and two small fish into a bountiful meal for a crowd that may have been as large as 15,000 people.
Jesus created the world; He bore the sins of the world in His body nailed to a cross; and on the third day after His burial He walked out of His grave alive and well. In His humanity He took upon Himself death, which is the wages of sin, and in His divinity He conquered the grave and destroyed the last enemy: death itself. Nothing was impossible for our Mighty God, who left His glory in heaven to take on flesh and dwell among us.
But that’s not all! That same power of our Mighty God is available to all those who believe in Him. The apostle Paul wrote —
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms . . . (Ephesians 1:18-20)
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. (Colossians 1:9-12)
Are you living out your life in the power of your Mighty God? If you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ, always keep in view that the Holy Spirit–the power that raised Jesus from the dead–is the same power that is dewelling within you. Have you not experienced the forgiveness of more sins than you can number? Have you not experienced insurmountable temptations that you have overcome? Have you not experienced virtues that were once beyond your imagination rising forth from deep within you?
Why is that? Why is this your experience? It is because of this Mighty God, who loved you enough to die for you, and who is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, making intercession for you moment by moment.
You have an equal share in the inheritance of all the saints of God. Within you is the power to say “YES” to what you must say “Yes” to and “NO” to what you must say “No” to. But also remember that, inasmuch as this power within you is perfect, you will not be perfect until you cross the Jordan and enter into your eternal rest. Everything you do you will do imperfectly, but fear not, Christian, you have a Mighty God who loves you unconditionally and forgives you completely.
I hope you’ll be back next week to look at the third name Isaiah gave to Jesus: Everlasting Father.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!