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  • Writer's pictureGracie Berney

The Fulfillment of the Promise

His name shall be called: the wonderful counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting father and the prince of peace.

Hello friend and welcome back to another post. I hope and pray you have been blessed by the posts from the last few weeks about waiting on the Lord. It’s my desire that as we finish 2021 and move into 2022, we wait on God more patiently.


This week as promised, I’d like to talk to you about “the fulfillment of the promise”.


The promise I’m about to share is of none other than the Messiah - Jesus, Prince Peace.


Isaiah 9:6-7 states: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” [KJV‬‬]


This was one of the central promises given concerning the birth of Jesus. Though hopeful, we also see some weightiness to the words in the promise. For instance, the government shall be upon his shoulder; signifying that the true burden of government should rests on Christ and not on us humans.


However, we also see other beautiful and comforting aspects to the promise including some of the names and attributes of God. And this is where I’d like to unpack today.


You see these names describe the fulfillment of the Promise.

Lets start with the wonderful counselor. Christ isn’t only mentioned as a counselor, but a wonderful one. A Counselor is trained individual that gives guidance or advice about a problem of situation.


A lot of times, human counselors give great advice. However because they’re not all-knowing or haven’t always had the same experiences as us, their message/ advice can still be flawed.

However, when Christ was born, He was able to become a wonderful Counselor, because not only is He all-knowing and understands what we are going through, He was a part of humanity and can relate to our humanity.

Next, we see Christ been referred to as The Mighty God. Even though Jesus fulfilled the promise through his birth into the world as a man, He also fulfilled promise by living up to His name as the mighty God. As God, we see His Sovereignty in leadership and in the ultimate sacrifice of Him offering Himself for us on the cross. The third name Jesus fulfilled and is still fulfilling is the title The Everlasting Father. I can’t begin to tell you all the ways Jesus has been a father to me and is to all who need Him. His title as a father isn’t limited to how we live or even after we die. It is everlasting and will continue for all eternity. How comforting!


Last but not least is title The Prince of Peace. The older I get, the more I believe that peace is perhaps the most desired quality in the world.


The reason for my bold claim is because no matter the financial, marital , relational, mental or physical status, humanity is always searching for peace.

Peace is what keeps you content to wait on the Lord when the storms of life is tossing you all around. It is what gives you that deep seated joy when all you see around you is hopelessness and loss.

Conclusion

As I get older, Christmas keeps taking on a different meaning for me each year. Instead of the commercialization that we see around us about this time of the year, may we ponder on the true meaning of what the fulfillment of the promise of a Messiah meant and still means to the world. May we come to know Jesus as a wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the everlasting Father and The Prince of Peace.


Challenge

Please share in the comment section below at least one way Christ has fulfilled His name to you.

Stay Blessed

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