…The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6b (NLT)
There’s just something about these titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. I can’t help but hear them in my mind as set to music by Handel, every time I read them on the page.
And my heart just swells – with hope. This is who I place my hope in: One whose every name brings me new reasons for hope.
One who commands grandiose titles, and yet chose to be born a baby.
One who is bigger than history, outside of time, vast, limitless – yet chose to put on frail human flesh.
One who is immortal, and yet chose to become mortal and then to submit himself to death. Even death on a cross.
For you. For me.
This is where our hope belongs.
This Advent, may you be awed by His titles and touched by his humanity. May you put your hope squarely where it belongs. May you know that there’s just something about that name.