1 John 4:11
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
2 Corinthians 4:5-6
“For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Why was it necessary for Jesus to be born?
The name Jesus means "Savior." It is the same name as Joshua in the Old Testament. It is given to our Lord because "He saves His people from their sins.”
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.”
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. 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. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”
Four titles underscore the character of this one who is the face of Christmas—each one revealing his character and mission.
He is…the Wonderful Counselor!
“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”
He is…the Mighty God!
Jesus possesses the authority, ability and power to carry all his plans.
He is…the Everlasting Father!
“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.”
He is…the Prince of Peace!
There are two kinds of peace in this world—one is objective and one is subjective, Jesus is the prince of both.
There is both —
Peace with God and Peace of God.
“The peace of God is not obtainable by those who are not at peace with Him."
“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:23
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
As the Wonderful Counselor, He has all wisdom.
As the Mighty God, He has all power to fulfill all His divine plans.
As the Everlasting Father, He has loved us.
As the Prince of Peace, He rescues us from our sin.
“…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”