“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 (NASB)
A song lyric says, “What a wonderful name it is, nothing compares to this. What a wonderful name it is, the name of Jesus.” The song puts words to the feelings and thoughts of our hearts. The more we get to know Jesus, the more we marvel at his wonderful, beautiful, powerful name.
But long before the song appeared in modern worship sets, Isaiah set words to the wonderful name of Jesus. He, prompted by God, hails Jesus as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace. The names aren’t ones that just popped into Isaiah’s head; God placed them in Isaiah’s mind to declare how wonderful and glorious the name of Jesus is.
Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor. He knows what he’s doing, and we can trust him to guide us through everything, good and bad. He also is the Mighty God. He is all-powerful and holds the whole world within his hands. Jesus is the Eternal Father. He never begins and never ends; he is. He is the Prince of Peace. He gives us shalom, a peace that delivers wholeness or completeness. In Jesus, we receive all these names of God, and we—we fall down and worship as Isaiah and the shepherds and the wise men did. We remember Jesus’ wonderful name, and what a wonderful name it is.