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“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 (ESV)

Have you started your Christmas preparations? We have yet to decorate, but I’m far along in the Christmas shopping department. I don’t like shopping, so I try to order lots of things online. And if I have to go to a store, I go in November to beat the rush of people. 

A Child is Born

In the scripture above, we see another kind of preparation occurring. Isaiah is preparing the people of Israel for the coming Savior. And he was early by readying the people almost 700 years before the event happened. The prophecy encouraged the people during a difficult time in their history as they struggled against the Assyrians and Syrians.

And Isaiah’s description also showed us the triune nature of God. First, we see God as the Mighty God and Everlasting Father. We notice Jesus in the Prince of Peace. Finally, we witness the Holy Spirit as the Wonderful Counselor. 

But more than that, we see the characteristics of God within these descriptions, too. So, as the Christmas season speeds us, let’s take some time to review each of these depictions of God. 

The Wonderful Counselor

This descriptive term echoes a peacefulness lacking in our Christmas season today. My vision of a wonderful counselor is a loving God sitting next to me as He listens with a caring heart. His presence offers comfort. This babe in the manager will be our eternal hope as His wisdom guides our steps on the path of life.

“This also comes from the LORD of hosts; he is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom.”

Isaiah 28:29 ESV.

Mighty God and Everlasting Father

When Isaiah wrote these words, unrest and wars filled his world, much like today’s world. The Jewish people of that day looked for a mighty warrior to come and save them from those who sought to destroy them.

Instead, the King of Kings arrived as a tiny baby. His true nature lay hidden under the swaddling clothes in the lowly manger. This Mighty God, Creator of the universe, and every living thing left His throne in heaven to come to earth. He came to teach us love and peace.

Much of the world missed His message because they looked for a warrior God. Jesus offered life eternal with Him. A gift to those who accepted His message. He calls us to love and live in peace with our neighbors. It is still a radical message today.

“But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”

Luke 22:69 NIV.

Prince of Peace

Ah, peace! My soul longs for God’s peace in my life and world this Christmas season. I long to spend time in a church lit only by candles, sing the old, traditional carols, and feel God’s presence settle the busyness of my heart.

  • I want to make memories that will last longer than any gift I could buy for my family.
  • Peace is the thing the entire world desires but does not know how to find.
  • Jesus gives lasting peace to His people.
  • He provides peace for today, peace for Christmas, and peace for all eternity.

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:7 NLT.

Make time for the Peace of Christ to invade your Christmas season this year.


Lord, I thank You for coming to earth so You could redeem me. When I think of the extent to which you were willing to go in order to save me, it makes me want to shout, to celebrate, and to cry with thankfulness. You love me so much, and I am so grateful for that love. Without You, I would still be lost and in sin. But because of everything You have done for me, today I am free; my life is blessed; Jesus is my Lord; Heaven is my home; and Satan has no right to control me. I will be eternally thankful to you for everything you did to save me! I pray this in Jesus’ name!

~ Rick Renner

This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. barbaralatta

    Peace is a gift that can’t be counterfeited. Only Jesus can give true peace. His appearance bridged the gap between rebellious man and a loving Father so we could experience the comfort of a calm soul knowing we are loved.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Great way to explain it Barbara. He is our only true peace. I pray many find the babe in the manger this year as the true gift of Christmas. Blessings

  2. Katherine Pasour

    Years ago for a Christmas play, I memorized Isaiah 9:1-6. I still practice those verses so I won’t forget them. Thank you for sharing and expanding on the message those verses give us. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you Katherine. I love that idea so I think I will try to memorize them for this year. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. God bless

  3. Nancy E. Head

    Here’s my favorite part: “Peace is the thing the entire world desires but does not know how to find.”
    Jesus gives lasting peace to His people.”

    Nice post, Yvonne. Merry Christmas and God bless!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much Nancy. I wish for peace for our world for Ch. Merry Christmas 🎄

  4. Melissa G. Henderson

    May the peace of Christ fill the hearts and souls of everyone. Merry Christmas! Thank you for this beautiful message.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you Melissa. Amen. May you experience the peace of Christ this Christmas

  5. Jessica Brodie

    Beautiful post! Like you, I do most of my Christmas shopping online. Stores stress me out and invade that Christmas peace, so I’ve discovered when I take time to peacefully browse online, I enjoy it SO much more and am able to give in genuine celebration of our Lord Jesus, whose birth we are celebrating!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      I started shopping more online now too. It helps me not lose my peace and allows me to focus on the reason for Christmas. Thanks Jessica. 🎄☦️

  6. Joshua J Masters

    I love the names of Christ given in this passage of Isaiah. Thank you for the reminder to meditate on each of them and what they mean to my relationship with God.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you Joshua. The names speak to each of us in many ways. Blessings

  7. Melinda Viergever Inman

    When the Lord returns, and the trumpet sounds, the peace of Messiah Jesus will be established. Until then, we await His return, hoping, praying, trusting.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Melinda. And what a glorious day it will be for us. Blessings 🎄

  8. JenniferTKnight

    This is one of my favorite posts you have written. I felt His peace while reading.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Jennifer. I really appreciate it. Blessings

  9. Annie Yorty

    These names of Jesus are so meaningful, Yvonne. Thank you for helping me to take time to ponder and be grateful. Blessings!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Annie. They do tell us so much about our Lord. Blessings

  10. karentfriday

    Yvonne, thanks for unpacking each phrase of this Bible verse. This is powerful, “Peace is the thing the entire world desires but does not know how to find.” I’m so grateful for the Prince of Peace who offers us peace all year long!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Me too, grateful for the peace that Christ provides for us. Thanks Karen and many blessings

  11. vickicottingham14

    A favourite verse of mine. I am do grateful to have the peace of God which transcends all understanding. Particularly now as it’s a time of uncertainty for my husband with regards to his job.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Amen. It is a beautiful verse. Praying for you and your husband

  12. vickicottingham14

    One of my favorite verses in the Bible. I’m so grateful for God’s peace, particularly now as we’re in a time of uncertainty concerning my husband’s job.

  13. Jeannie Waters

    Your beautiful post honors God and brings us to peace and worship. Thank you.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you Jeannie. May your Christmas be filled with His peace. Blessings

  14. JD Wininger

    I could feel God’s peace settle upon me this morning as I’m reading this Ms. Yvonne. Thank you so much for the much-needed blessing ma’am. Merry CHRISTmas to you, Bill, and the entire family. Praying all y’all stay safe during this cold spell. God’s blessings.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you so much for your encouragement throughout the year. Merry Christmas

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