Names of Jesus: Isaiah 9:6

“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”

(Isaiah 9:6)

Isaiah 9:6 is a prophecy for the people of Israel that foretold the kind of King their messiah would be. We now know that Jesus is that messiah! He is given four titles in the verse. The kings/pharaohs in that day would have had titles like these, each one broadcasting their accomplishments to their people and to other nations. These names for Jesus are no different. Each one is rooted in his kingship. As the church, we live in the Kingdom of God here and now! Jesus is not just a future king promised to us. We are already citizens of God’s Kingdom, so it is essential that we understand who our king is. Let’s explore each of King Jesus’ titles.

Wonderful Counselor
Wonderful Counselor refers to the king’s role as the nation’s political guide. Jesus serves as the guide for the lives of his people, both by his words and by his actions. The way to thrive in God’s Kingdom is to obey the wisdom of Jesus and follow his faithful example. We do not have things figured out on our own. We need guidance and direction from King Jesus.

Mighty God
The military strength of Jesus is on display here. This word “might” refers to power in battle. God’s Kingdom has an army you do not want to fight against. We are not led by just a tactful general, but a Mighty God! We can be sure of our protection from the forces that wish to destroy us. Jesus as our Mighty God is a promise of safety and security, a call to not be afraid.

Everlasting Father
King Jesus is a father that will provide for us forever. He has love and concern for us like a parent with their own child. He is not a distant ruler that has no clue what’s happening in the lives of his people. He knows us intimately and cares for our needs. And his provisions are eternal, they never run out. He is forever patient, kind, and giving.

Prince of Peace
Because of the perfect guidance, security, and provision of King Jesus, the citizens of his Kingdom are at peace. We were once enemies of God and actively working against the prosperity of his Kingdom. But Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross has made peace between God and man, and gives us the riches of a Kingdom we once fought against. He doesn't just provide peace for us, but creates peace in us. And he invites us to be ambassadors of his peace to the rest of the world.