“Unto us is born a CHILD and His name shall be called… Mighty God!”
Some have suggested that this simply means ”a godlike person“ or hero. But Isaiah meant more than that, for he had already spoken of the Messiah doing what no other person had been able to do (e.g., 9:2-5). Isaiah understood that the Messiah was to be God in some sense of the term.
In the Old Testament, the root word for God is EL — expressing a personal understanding and relationship with that aspect of God’s character. This word refers to God as the God of might.
He is the Mighty God. Because of His name, I don’t have to be afraid. If you know Jesus Christ as Savior, there is no reason to fear man or circumstances. He is Lord over all.
Every believer can have confidence in Jesus this Christmas because of the implications of His being called Mighty God. You can be assured that …
A. Our Mighty God is Working In You.
Philippians 2:13: “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
Isn’t it good to know that, when you’re frustrated with where you are and some of the habits you can’t kick or how sometimes you can’t control your anger, that God is working in you right now? Because Jesus came, God came near enough to work within us.
• How do you need for God to work in your life today?
B. Our Mighty God is Working For You.
There’s something deep within us all that wants to find – and to know – Jesus. That was what drove the ones we know as wise men, or kings or magi, toward Jesus.
Isaiah 40:29-31: “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
It is wonderful to know that we have an advocate in Jesus – especially in moments where we don’t think we can keep going.
• Why is it important to move in the direction of Jesus, especially when it seems like the world is against us?
C. Our Mighty God is Working Through You.
Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
• How will you allow Jesus to work through you in the new year?
Remember: We do not serve a weak Lord! The first century world missed Jesus because they were looking for a King. The 21st Century world is missing Jesus because they are looking for a baby! God is not a God you can control or manipulate. That should make us stand in awe of Him, and also help us to walk with confidence into the new year.