Isiah the prophet saw the Messiah in the spiritual, and introduced Him to us by the titles bestowed on Him. His titles describe His office in the lives of those who surrendered to Him.
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Jesus is all that His titles describe to us! And He is called by these names because these are exactly the things that we need in life.
We need a mighty ruler who reigns over us justly and in fairness, but you have to put yourself under His command by a personal decision. The world is in the control of the devil right now, so evident by the misery that we see around us, as Paul also wrote:
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 2 Corinthians 4:3,4
The devil is the god of this world! You have the choice of staying under his rule, or place yourself under the rule of the One who rules in righteousness.
His name is wonderful for all the wonderful things He did for us. Think about it: He loved us while we were still sinners, and gave His life as a penalty for our sin. That is a wonderful thing!
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:7,8
The benefits that we have in Him are too numerous to mention here; entire libraries are filled with books trying to do just that!
Jesus is also our Counsellor. His word is life-giving advice in a confused and lost world. You don’t have to join the rollercoaster ride of a world that is spinning out of control when you make Him your Counsellor.
The devil is known as the god of tis world, as we saw in some of the verses above, but he is not all powerful. His power is limited, and in the life of a person who bows to Almighty God, he is powerless. Jesus defeated him and humiliated him openly for all to see.
And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. Colossians 2:13-15
Jesus is also called Everlasting Father. His death on the cross made it possible for us to become children of God; we are no longer separated from Him Who is the Source of life! We are members of his household:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, Ephesians 1:3-5
God chose to adopt all those who surrendered their lives to Jesus to become His children, “according to the good pleasure of His will.”
Now a title that we absolutely must submit to, is Prince of Peace! A prince is a ruler, and Jesus is the Prince who rules with peace. This is so important in our world that is becoming more dangerous by the day. We see the ills of our world increasing exponentially, even as world leaders work to bring stability. The more they work though, the more they seem to escalate trouble everywhere. Politicians can never give the peace that the world so desperately needs, but Jesus can!
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
The peace that Jesus gives is powerful to destroy fear. It is a peace that prevails no matter how vicious the storm that rages in your life. His peace is not like the world’s peace that lasts only as long as circumstances are ideal. No, the Prince of Peace is a mighty ruler, and He is powerful to reign in the most trying of times.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:15
If you let peace rule in your heart you will always be full of joy, for anxiety is the thief of joy. The joy of the Lord is our strength, which is why it is vital for the Christian to be joyful at all times and under all circumstances. That is how we overcome.
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
Peace that surpasses all understanding! When peace rules in your heart and mind you will be full of joy, even when there is good reason to be anxious.
Peace and joy are some of the hallmarks of the Christian life. It becomes part of you when you turn your back on the world to follow Jesus. You know that you know that you know that you are a child of the Most High, no matter what the enemy throws at you. And because He adopted you, He is responsible for you.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22,23
Let peace rule in your life. This is the highest quality of life that you can have on earth, and Jesus came so that you can have it.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10