Names of Jesus: First Born of Every Creature

This is the scene outside my desk window this morning from Atlanta Georgia in December, and I cannot help but think of the majesty and beauty of God’s creation!  How appropriately named is our Savior, the Firstborn over all Creation (Colossians 1:15).  How can we not stop in awe?

The world seems quieter when it snows.  Some of this may be because of less traffic and people out shopping, but there is a scientific reason as well.  When snow accumulates on the ground and trees, it acts like a sound absorber and dampens the sound waves.  I also believe God created it that way.

The firstborn of all creation refers to Jesus’ deity: his preeminence and highest ranking over all creation.  He existed before creation and is exalted above all creation.

This Christmas season, may we worship the Creator who created all that we see, and saw that it was good.

Names of Jesus: Prince of Peace

Then Jesus arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39)

With one word, Jesus commanded peace over nature. Only the Prince of Peace could do that. And only Jesus can create peace in our hearts.

Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.”
(John 14:27)

Our world is filled with fear, hate, lust, greed, war, and utter despair. Surely the second coming of Jesus Christ is the only hope of replacing these features with trust, love, universal peace, and prosperity. For it the world wittingly or inadvertently waits. – Billy Graham

Paul writes it so eloquently in his letter to the Colossians:

He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
For everything was created by Him,
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities—
all things have been created through Him and for Him.
He is before all things,
and by Him all things hold together.
He is also the head of the body, the church;
He is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead,
so that He might come to have
first place in everything.
For God was pleased to have
all His fullness dwell in Him,
and through Him to reconcile
everything to Himself
by making peace
through the blood of His cross—
whether things on earth or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:15-20)

May you know the everlasting and true peace of Jesus Christ this Christmas.

Names of Jesus: Everlasting Father

In a time where everything is instant and temporary, the thought of everlasting is almost forgotten.  But it is still there, in eternity.  Isaiah 9:6 names Jesus as the Everlasting Father.  This is an eternal father (protector, provider, creator) who has no end.  Many earthly fathers may have failed to provide or protect us, but Jesus promises to be a father who never leaves us.  Isaiah further explains the everlasting in the next verse.

The dominion will be vast,
and its prosperity will never end.
He will reign on the throne of David
and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it
with justice and righteousness from now on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:7)

About one hundred years after Isaiah, the prophet Jeremiah talks of the Davidic Covenant – one with no end and no conditions.  God promises David and the nation of Israel that the Messiah will come from the line of David, tribe of Judah (see Leah, the Unloved – a Christmas story ), and establish a kingdom that will last forever.  No conditions of obedience on David or Israel are placed on this covenant, it is solely on God’s faithfulness and promise.  In other words, we can’t mess it up and we can’t stop it. God’s promises always come true.

“Look, the days are coming”— this is the Lord’s declaration—
“when I will fulfill the good promises that I have spoken
concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
In those days and at that time I will cause a Righteous Branch
to sprout up for David, and He will administer justice
and righteousness in the land. 
In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely,
and this is what she will be named: Yahweh Our Righteousness. 

“For this is what the Lord says: David will never fail to have a man sitting on the throne of the house of Israel. The Levitical priests will never fail to have a man always before Me to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings, and to make sacrifices.” (Jeremiah 33:14-18)

Names of Jesus: The Mighty God

The prophet Isaiah spoke of the coming Savior child to be born of a virgin, and said that he will be named Mighty God.  Isaiah is referring to two prophesies of different times – a child and a king.  We celebrate the birth of the child at Christmas, but we will celebrate again at the return of a mighty king who will restore and redeem.  Isaiah gives us a hint of this Mighty God in his earlier prophesy:

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of darkness, a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation and increased its joy.
The people have rejoiced before You as they rejoice at harvest time
and as they rejoice when diving spoils.
For You have shattered their burdensome yoke
and the rod on their shoulders, the staff of their oppressor,
just as You did on the day of Midian. (Isaiah 9:2-4)

This Christmas, when you hang your lights, think of the great light that will overcome the darkness and will once again fill the earth with joy.  We have hope!

Names of Jesus: Wonderful Counselor

Another word for counselor is advocate, and that is just what Jesus is. He will fight for you. He will fight your battles. He even prays on our behalf to our Heavenly Father.

Jesus said, “Simon, Simon, look out! Satan has asked to sift you like wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.”  Luke 22:31-32

Jesus is our wise and wonderful counselor. A true friend who never leaves us. He promises to protect us and guide us home. The prophet Isaiah recognized this 700 years before the birth of Jesus:

For a child will be born for us,
a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on His shoulders.
He will be named
Wonderful CounselorMighty God,
Eternal FatherPrince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)