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W.I.S.H. – Weekly Insights for Spiritual Health 12-08-2021

Read:  Isaiah 9:6,

“For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor,     Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

“Mighty God” is a fascinating name given to the Messiah in the prophecy of Isaiah.  This is one of the verses in the bible that affirms the divinity of the Messiah.  The Messiah was to be more than a great leader, king, holy priest, or wise prophet.  There are examples of these roles in scripture, i.e. Moses, David, Melchizedek, Samuel.  The Messiah would indeed be a great man, a great religious teacher, but more than that.  The Messiah is foretold as “a son”, and as divine, meaning “of God”.

It is one of the great mysteries of the Bible. It is beyond our full comprehension.  How God became “incarnate” or “in the flesh”.  The greatest miracle of the Bible is the resurrection of Jesus on Easter day, but a close second, and under acknowledged by many Christians, is the miracle of the incarnation, God born as a baby.  The Messiah would be “Emmanuel” meaning “God with us”.

Perhaps you think I’ve overstated the case.  Perhaps you are more comfortable emphasizing the humanity of Christ, rather than His Divinity.  Some theologians, pastors, and believers have a lower Christology than I.  It is an amazing claim that is made:  that God was born in a stable, was raised by a poor family, worked as a carpenter (FYI, in Israel that more often meant being a stone mason), became a rabbi for three years, performed many miracles, told extraordinary stories, had remarkable insight and wisdom, was accused of blasphemy against God, was crucified, died, was buried, and was raised to new life on the third day as He foretold, as part of God’s Divine plan to redeem the world, and the entire creation.

It’s not an exhaustive list of verses, but here are several more references that address the divinity of Jesus Christ:   John 1:1, John 10:30, John 12:45, Colossians 1:15, Colossians 2:9, Titus 2:13.

The name “mighty God” applied to Jesus is intriguing, because His actions and miracles were healing, helping, feeding, and loving.  Yes, He overcame death, but most of the time His might is seen in the depth of His love and grace.

Shalom,

Pastor Rob Nystrom