This week sees the third installment of our series of short blogs on the foretold descriptors of Jesus, as described in Isaiah 9.
“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 NKJV
Yesterday, the labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was accused of calling Prime Minister Theresa May a ‘stupid woman’. Mr Corbyn has denied this and has offered his account of events, however, that hasn’t stopped people over the last 24 hours debating what was said and the meaning of it for our times.
Increasingly, our choice of words has a huge effect on how we are perceived. Society wants us to uphold political correctness and use words that do not cause offence. It is interesting that many special words are also being emptied of their meaning. We call so many things ‘awesome’, ‘amazing’ or any other superlative that we forget that some words should be reserved for special situations and circumstances. For this reason, moments that are supposed to be sacred become dull and lack freshness because we have spent our best and most valuable words on things that are not worth it.
Around seven hundred years before the birth of Christ, Isaiah said that the son of God would be called ‘mighty God’. It is very easy to read past this description without pause for thought.
1. He was called ‘mighty’. A word we use less these days. But it tells of an other-worldly type of strength, a champion, a warrior.
2. He is ‘God’ in other words divine.
What a peculiar thing to say about a child – ‘mighty God!’ But Isaiah wanted us to know that Jesus would be our warrior God, our champion.
God wants us to know who Jesus is. He is not just a man, He is God - able to handle every battle we face and tread on every injustice we suffer.
As this week draws to its close, you may have been in your own personal battles. Isaiah is reminding you that Jesus can handle it, Jesus who is the Mighty God.
Join with the shout of heaven and encourage your soul:
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.