Mighty God

A picture of a manger overlaid with text saying A Child Is Born

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

Mighty is defined as ‘possessing great and impressive power or strength,’ and God was known to Isaiah’s audience as someone seen throughout the Old Testament as being awesome (Ex. 20:18); the Creator (Gen. 1:1); the wonder-worker (Ex. chapters 7-12); Saviour (Ex. 13:3) and provider (Josh. 6:2, 20).

We may face the risk of disconnecting the mighty God seen in the Old Testament and the miracle-worker of the New, from the baby who was “wrapped in swaddling cloths and laid…in a manger” (Luke 2:7). It would do us good, as Mary did (Luke 2:19), to stop and ponder, and consider afresh the one, though willing to adopt the likeness of men (Phil. 2:6-7), was one in whom “the whole fullness of deity dwelt bodily” (Col. 2:9).

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