One of the most well known verses in the bible which proclaims the birth of Christ is Isaiah 9:6: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Wonderful Counselor: How many times in our lives have we needed advice, or a listening ear, or wise counsel, or an objective perspective. How wonderful then that Jesus is referred to as the Wonderful Counselor, the one who has our best interests at heart, who knows us fully, and who will always give us good counsel and lead us in the right direction.
Mighty God: What a comfort to know that the Wonderful Counselor who is guiding us through life is also the one who knows us intimately and completely (Ps. 139:13-16) and can do anything (Luke 1:37). The God of all creation.
Everlasting Father: In a temporal world where fathers (those designed to provide for and protect us) can exit our life at any moment by choice or by death, it is a comfort to know that there is One who will never “leave [us] or forsake [us]” (Deut. 31:6). A Father who will always protect us and provide for us.
Prince of Peace: This title has to be my favorite. We crave peace: in our world, in our lives, in our souls. Though we look for peace in so many places: security, money, friendships, family, retirement, and on and on and on, only One can truly bring peace to our lives. By believing in and giving the reins of our lives to the proclaimed Prince of Peace we will finally experience the peace we yearn for.
In Matthew 1:21, Joseph is told by an angel of the Lord, that Mary “will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Jesus: “God saves.” Jesus was not a family name for either Mary or Joseph, but it was the name God chose for His only Son during His time on earth. The name Jesus is a reminder to us that we cannot save ourselves: not through our good deeds or thoughts or sacrifices or meditations. Only God can save, and He chose to do it through the sacrifice of His only son––Jesus.
Emmanuel: This is my second favorite name, for it means “God with us.” Because God is a spiritual being it is through Jesus that we actually get to know God. It is through the Jesus (Emmanuel–God with us) that we see every attribute of God: goodness, love, justice, holiness, mercy, wisdom, faithfulness, and grace, just to name a few.
What are your favorite names for the Savior?