Isaiah 9:6: For a child has been born for us; a son has been given to us. And the dominion will be on his shoulder, and his name is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (ESV)
Those words are prophetic and interesting. He wrote of an event that was yet to happen as if it has already happened.
The bible says that God calls those things that be not as though they were (Romans 4:17). He does this because he is beyond time, but in the incarnation, he chose to be subject to time for the suffering of death. It is the same timelessness of God that made what was said many years ago in the scriptures, powerful enough to connect with us today, as God communicates to us through it.
Isaiah said: a child has been born. He presents a point of view of God who speaks of things that be not as though they were.
He does that sometimes to hide from man the intent of his word, so that hearing they will hear, but will not understand (Isaiah 6:9-10). He does that to hide things in plain sight. And the bible say: it is the glory of God to conceal a thing but the honour of man to search it out (Proverbs 25:2).
If you have not met Jesus, it will be difficult to interpret the words of the focus verse. How would a child be born that will be called Mighty God? It does not make sense.
Jesus told the Pharisees: ye search the scriptures for truth, but until you realise that they point to me you will not get it (John 5:39-40). We have to start with him and work backwards. We have to read into words of the Old Testament the reality of the person of Jesus as revealed in the New Testament, even though that may not tally with the best methods of hermeneutics.
And to understand our days now, we have to start with him and work forwards. He must be the centre, the fulcrum, everything revolved around him. If you cannot see him you are not seeing well, it does not matter what point of view you espoused and how esoteric it is, regardless of who taught you.
Paul said he was a Pharisee, the son of Pharisee (Acts 23:6), having been taught by one of the greatest teachers of the law (Acts 22:3), and he was also more zealous than most (Galatians 1:14), but he said that he regarded what he knew as dung in order to gain Christ (Philippians 3).
The phrases used to describe Jesus in the focus verse are instructive. He is wonderful. His birth was a thing of wonder. He is man formed from just the egg of Mary and the infusion of the Spirit of God, he put on flesh but his origin was eternity. John spoke in great wonder of him saying: we beheld his glory as that of the only begotten of the father full of grace and truth (John 1:12-14).
In another place Isaiah said a virgin will conceive and will give birth to a child who will be called Emmanuel (Isaiah 7:14). That and the focus verse do not seemed directly related on the face of it. The prophecies were made at different times.
But when we see how everything lined up, how they fit together in him (Jesus) (Colossians 1:16-17), the two verses fit well.
The identity of Jesus was pretty hidden and it takes revelation to know him, which was why he said no one can come to me without my father drawing him (John 6:44). When we are drawn, it is to the Prince of Peace, and receiving him we have peace with God. As prince of peace his dominion is marked by peace. As he brings the presence of God near to us, he shapes us and corrects in the area where we are dysfunctional.
He is both mighty God and prince of peace, both everlasting father and counsellor. The question now is: how can one be born who is at the same time everlasting. In human experience, what is born comes to an end.
That Son would doubtlessly be special, one of a kind. He was going to be the bridge between heaven and earth, he will reshape our view about who God is, rather than we trying to get to heaven to be equal with God as human being did when they attempted to build the tower of babel, Jesus came down to becomes like us and through the Holy Spirit which he baptises us with, God comes to stay in us, in his heavenly presence.
The child is born for us, the son is given to us: that is a statement of how important you are. It shows how important you are that you are not forgotten, God who gave his only begotten for us, how much more will he, together with him, freely give us all things (John 8:, 1Corinthians 2:12).
The giving of his son whom we should receive should start us on the journey for receiving other spiritual things from God, the endless unveiling of the possibilities in Jesus, the acknowledging of the good things in us in Christ Jesus, the spiritual blessings we have been blessed with (Ephesians 1:3).
The Lord becomes our portion in the land of the living (Psalm 142:5), where before then we have spiritually dead.
From the focus verse, we learn that dominion will be on the shoulder of Jesus. That brings to mind the dominion which was the portion of man when he was created (Genesis 1:26-28).
But the plan of God will not be thwarted and there was another Adam now made a life-giving, who came from the dead (1Corinthians 15:45).
That is Jesus, who was set on the earth and who by sacrifice got back the dominion on the earth. At the end of it all, he said: all authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. He got the dominion back, and it is now packed in his name.
The bible says that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is lord (Philippians 2:5-11).
With the manifestation of Jesus through our words and action, the bible says we destroy the works of the devil (1John 3:8), we get to know God as never possible before by the Holy Spirit whose mission is to reveal Jesus, cause him to be manifested in his ability his passion, his commission, his life, all lived out through us by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.