Often we see a person failing to live up to the good name he bears. As for the Christmas child not only lived up to his name but was the very embodiment of the name he bore. We shall look this name to consider its implication:
Wonderful Counselor: A counselor is needed when there is chaos, confusion, feeling of depression, frustration and fear. That is what God sees us suffering from. The Bible says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; each one to his own way …” All without any exception, have gone astray like a sheep. Unlike most other animals, lost sheep do not know how to find their way back home. He needs the shepherd’s intervention. Though lost, a natural man is unwilling to accept it. But left to ourselves man can never find his way back to God and life. Hence, came the ‘Wonderful Counselor’ to show us the way back to God and grant us meaning to life. As divine Counselor, he sees the end from the beginning and the safest thing we can do is to let him lead us on in life.
Mighty God: The word ‘mighty’ refers to Christ’s supreme power. He is the mighty Creator. From the minutest atoms to the biggest stars in the universe are made by him. He is also mighty in sustaining all what he has created. It is his unseen power that sustains and causes orderliness in the orbiting of the planets in their respective courses. Because all things are created by him, they exist and function under his authority and direction. Thus, he rebuked the storm, calmed the sea or even raised the dead. Besides, he is mighty in saving sinners from the power and bondage of sin. The Lord said, ‘If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.’ He transforms sinful men and women to become holy and righteous. It was this awareness of his might which prompted Paul to declare, ‘If God be for us, who can be against us?’
Everlasting Father: Fatherhood represents protection, provision, love and care. These are what even earthly fathers are meant to provide in their homes and families. Yet, due to the fall, fathers can twist their role by bringing favoritism in the family or execute ego centric authority rather than love. But in Christ we can enjoy perfect fatherhood – in love, wisdom and care. No wonder Jesus said if our earthly fathers know how to give good things to their children, how much more would our heavenly Father gives good things to those who love him. Beside, unlike our earthly fathers, Christ’s fatherhood is eternal. We miss our fathers when they leave us behind. But in Jesus we can enjoy his fatherly love and care for eternity because he always lives.
Prince of Peace: It means Jesus is the author and the very source of peace. Negatively, true and lasting cannot exist outside of him. It is good to be engaged in peace talks, peace missions, or continue to conduct conflict resolution seminars etc. But the naked truth is that they can never produce peace that last. The peace Jesus offers begins with peace within one’s soul through the experience of forgiveness and reconciliation with the holy God. This peace that Jesus offers is independent of what happens in and around us. It is peace in the midst of war, sickness or crisis in life. It is this peace which prompted the hymn writer pen down saying, “Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.’
Conclusion: Jesus came to counsel, deliver, love, and grant us peace unspeakable. It is our individual responsibility to appropriate his offer so to celebrate his goodness in life. The Lord helps us to do so at this Christmas!
Rev. L. M. Vanchhanwng