“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” (Isaiah 9:6).
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this Christmas season, our hope is that the light and testimony of the Savior’s divine mission as the Redeemer of all mankind will come into our hearts and be reflected in our thoughts, our words, and our actions.
May each of us be blessed at this joyous season of the year as we acknowledge with sincere gratitude the Father’s incomparable gift to us of His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Master.
Thomas S. Monson
Henry B. Eyring
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Isaiah 9:6; “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.”
One of a Christian’s favorite Bible verses comes from Isaiah’s prophetic declaration of hope he gave to the Israelites at one of the darkest times in humanity.
At the time Israel was besieged by the tyrannical Assyrians, there was little to nothing to look forward to, or hope for. Their main concern was wondering if they’d live to see tomorrow. While things for us on this side of the cross aren’t quite as bleak, there are days when we’re besieged by our concerns of today.
Finding comfort in Isaiah’s prophecy comes from looking at God’s sovereignty seen in the promises He always kept. This prophecy is but one of at least 333 He fulfilled we can read about in His word.
700 years before the baby was laid in the manger, Isaiah declared this child would be the answer to Israel’s woes.
The promise of a valiant Son (child) would be presented at the temple of God where Simon the Priest & Anna the prophetess, knew they had laid eyes on the salvation of the Lord. The kingdom (government) of God would be upon Him alone because He was the only Son (ben) of God.
He was called Wonderful because He was indeed a miracle as the Hebrew name translates, and a Counsellor because He gave, and continues to give, each believer wise counsel on how to live a godly life.
The baby Jesus is a Mighty (Warrior) God, The Everlasting (perpetual) Father, in a very literal sense. And for the sake of us all, THE (meaning singular) Prince (Lord) of Peace (shalom, wholly, friend, well being, & in perfect favor with).
Don’t fear of drinking in the goodness He provides through this, and even basking in its comfort as we know He’s fulfilled each aspect of it! After you’ve done this, consider the following sobering info –
Each transliteration we’ve seen here today has been systematically rejected by my people – the Mormons. Words truly can’t describe the grief this causes in my heart.
Sadder still, is the abject moral depravity they’ve displayed by proclaiming they stand by the prophecy in Isaiah 9:6 when in fact, there’s not one word of it they ascribe themselves to. May the Lord have mercy on them.
Overriding their lack of integrity, and most importantly, is the truth that still stands regardless of what other people do, or say!
Thank You Father God for reminder of the redemption You’ve given to us through Your Son, Christ Jesus the Lord of All!
Ask your Mormon friend if they’ve read their leaders’ statement, and what their thoughts are about Isaiah 9:6! Give them a great Christmas gift by providing the transliteration of each Hebrew word you can find in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance!
With Love in Christ;