We all know how amazing and exciting birth announcements are. Announcing the birth of a child is like sharing and spreading joy to the people who have heard it. But how about hearing of the birth of the Messiah? Every birth of a living thing is miraculous enough, but how much more is the birth and the incarnation of God Himself? Isaiah 9:6-7 tells us, “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. Of the increase of his government and peace, there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” (ESV)
The announcement of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ is unlike any other. The prophet Isaiah is not announcing a simple birth but it carries the good news to all. What is more interesting about the birth of Jesus Christ is that it was announced earlier. When we announce the birth of a child, we announce it soon after the baby is born. But the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was announced 700 years before it happened. Isaiah delivered this spectacular message to the people of Israel, who faced a challenge and threat to Assyria. The nation of Israel was worried and anxious at that time, but Isaiah addressed the situation by declaring a promise—the birth of a future King and Savior. And indeed, after 700 years, the promise was fulfilled.
The birth of Jesus Christ is a fulfilled promise and at the same time a gift from God to His people. Isaiah said that the government shall be upon the shoulder of this King. In Isaiah 9:7, it is said that “of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom.” (ESV) The prophecy from Isaiah is overheard in the Gospel of Luke, which states, “the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom, there will be no end.” (Luke 1:32-33 ESV). One of the best things about the birth of Jesus Christ is that it brings peace.
The Birth Name of Jesus Christ
When human beings are born in this world, the baby is given one name on their birth certificate or announcement. However, the prophet Isaiah tells us that the future King has four names, “his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” The name of the child in Jewish tradition has a meaning. That Jesus Christ has four names tells us that one name is insufficient to describe Him. Jesus Christ was called “Wonderful Counselor,” which means He has extraordinary and special wisdom—good news for those seeking guidance and wisdom. Jesus is called “Mighty God,” which means that His strength is divine and immeasurable—good news for those who are seeking strength. He is called “Everlasting Father,” which is very good news for those who are lost and need the care and love of a father. And He is called the “Prince of Peace”—good news to those who want to achieve and experience peace.
The name of our Lord belongs only to Him. The name of our Lord Jesus Christ means that He is truly God and that He is the Lord of Hosts (Isaiah 9:7). When God makes a promise, you can rest assured that it will be fulfilled or delivered. God came among us human beings in the person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He became flesh, or God incarnated. The Birth of Jesus Christ gives us wisdom, protection, love, and peace. And the best thing about His birth is that we can enter into a relationship with Him.
His birth was a real day. Almost all reliable and reputable historians agree that Jesus Christ was born in this world. It is not an imaginary story or a mythological one. The birth of Jesus Christ was already planned for eternity. Before the foundations of the world, God has already ordained the birth of Jesus Christ. Before everything was created, such a glorious day was already set in motion. The birth of our Lord brought peace and hope. By His birth or incarnation, we can become children of God. The birth of Christ is no ordinary birth—it was salvation to those who believe in Him.