Isaiah 9:6 (HCSB)
6 For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
At Christmastime, we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus. His name literally means, “The Lord saves.” More than 700 years before His birth, Isaiah prophesied that He would be born for us and given to us. He would God’s gift to us, to save us from our sins.
When you read Isaiah 9:6, you notice that the government will be placed upon His shoulders. Remember when Pilate asked Jesus about His kingdom? Jesus told Him, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). In Isaiah 9:6, we learn that Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace.
Jesus is our Mighty God.
He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). God is at work throughout history. In the Old Testament we see that He is our creator, deliverer, provider, the warrior who fights for us. In the New Testament, He is our healer, our teacher, the one who forgives our sin, our Savior, our Resurrected Lord. Today, He continues to work: saving people, transforming lives, putting families back together again. And one day He will return. He eternally reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus is our Mighty God.
And your Mighty God chooses to work through you. Just look at a young girl from the first century, Mary, as an example. God worked through her. Amazing.
Luke 1:26-38 (HCSB)
26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And ⌊the angel⌋ came to her and said, “Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be.
30 Then the angel told her: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.
34 Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not been intimate with a man?” 35 The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 And consider your relative Elizabeth—even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 “I am the Lord’s slave,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her.
Did you notice verse 37? “Nothing will be impossible for God.” Is there anything too hard for the Lord? Is there anything that He cannot do?
Nothing is impossible for our Mighty God.
Believe. Really believe. I mean, really believe. There is nothing that is impossible for God. And when you believe, follow the example of Mary. Trust in Him. Submit to His will. Watch Him work in and through your life. Then praise Him, just like Mary did:
Luke 1:46-55 (HCSB)
46 And Mary said:
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, 47 and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior, 48 because He has looked with favor on the humble condition of His slave. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 because the Mighty One has done great things for me, and His name is holy.
50 His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him. 51 He has done a mighty deed with His arm; He has scattered the proud because of the thoughts of their hearts; 52 He has toppled the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly.
53 He has satisfied the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped His servant Israel, mindful of His mercy, 55 just as He spoke to our ancestors, to Abraham and his descendants forever.
Our God is a Mighty God.