The Prince of Peace

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

Centuries before Jesus’ arrival, the prophet Isaiah shares God’s game plan. God’s people who heard Isaiah’s words must wait for their Messiah’s arrival, but they know that He will most assuredly come. And when He came, He was the Wonderful Counselor, as prophesied. He is Mighty God, as foretold. He is our Everlasting Father, as hoped for. He is the Prince of Peace.

Here are two questions to reflect on and discuss as a family or on your own:

  1. Why are you thankful for Jesus’ birth?

  2. Put yourself in their shoes: Imagine you lived centuries before Jesus’ arrival and you heard that the Messiah would be born and that He would be all of the wonderful things listed in that verse. What would you have felt? What would you have said at family dinner that night?

Pray: “Lord, You didn’t owe me anything, yet You have given me everything. You are my Wonderful Counselor. You are my Mighty God. You are my Everlasting Father. You are the Prince of Peace.”

As a Family: Grab 4 pieces of paper. At the top of the first piece of paper, write “Wonderful Counselor” on one sheet, “Mighty God” on the next, “Everlasting Father” on the next, then “Prince of Peace” on the last sheet. On each sheet, write out why and how God is the title or attribute at the top of each sheet.