Day 8 | The Names of the Coming King
Reading: Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6-7
Picking out a name for your dog is one thing; picking out a name for your child takes a lot more work. Maybe you’re one of those people that have always known what to name your kids. If that’s true, it’s because you loved the name and what it represents. If that’s not you, and you spent a long time trying to pick just the right name for your kid, it’s because you know it’s important, not to mention, they will be stuck with it forever. Isaiah 7:14 provides a prophecy of a child who would be born, and his name would be Immanuel, “God (that’s the el part) with us (that’s the immanu part).” Isaiah 9:6-7 lists for us some of the names that this child would have. It becomes clear that this is no ordinary child—He is the King.
This King who came is Jesus. The Bible calls him Immanuel, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. I love the balance in these names. He is the Mighty God who will reign as king over the earth, but he is also the Prince of Peace. His reign is marked by peace. And when this King reigns in our hearts, he brings peace with him to us. Jesus bears all of these names with perfection, but he also desire to be these things for us. He wants us to know that he is present with us; he wants us to trust in his might and strength that he exercises on our behalf. Do you live your life that way? Believing and knowing that this Jesus, who is all of these things, is all of these things for you? Do you live confidently in the grip of Jesus, taking every step knowing that he walks with you?
Question: Which one of these names for Jesus resonates the most with you? Why do you think that is? Which one resonates the least? What can you learn from that?