Isaiah 9:6 - Gift of All Gifts; for unto us a Son is given.

Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) For unto us a child is 
born, unto us a son is given: and the government 
shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be 
called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The 
everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) For to us a child is born, 
to us a son is given, and the government will 
be on his shoulders. And he will be called 
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, 
Prince of Peace.  

Isaiah 9:6 (NLT) For a child is born to us, 
a son is given to us. The government will rest 
on his shoulders. And he will be called: 
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, 
Prince of Peace.  


The Supreme Gift
   The Christmas tree is decorated, and 
stockings are hung. Carols waft through the air, 
joining the scent of holiday baking to create a 
sense of home and love. And giving.  
   Every year, I look forward to this 
season. I enjoy selecting presents that speak to the 
loved ones in my life, letting them know how much 
they mean to me. The gratitude I see in their 
eyes is priceless. And when I give something 
thats especially dear to me, it makes the moment 
even more precious.  
   This Christmas, hidden among the pile of 
boxes and bags beneath the tree is a tiny package 
for my daughter. Its a gold ring set with a 
semiprecious stone I gave my mother long ago. Mom wore it 
for special occasions until she went to be with 
Jesus. Its time for me to invite my daughter 
into the circle of love this bit of jewelry 
represents. I know shell cry. I will too.  
   Long ago, God considered me and my 
hopeless situation. He saw past my sin and knew 
exactly what I needed. Surrendering this baby, His 
Son, would hurt Him more than I can imagine. But 
He did it, so I could enter their circle of 
love. Through Jesus, He gave us eternal life and 
life abundant. Its a gift. Open it. And try 
not to cry. by Heidi Gaul  
   Faith Step: Remember the Gift you were 
given. What special item can you let go of to 
welcome someone into your circle of love? If its 
a gift, wrap it. If theyre words, speak 
them. [Mornings With Jesus 2018 Devotional by 
Guideposts and Zondervan] 


   In the Teacher sent from God, heaven gave 
to men its best and greatest. He who had stood 
in the councils of the Most High, who had dwelt 
in the innermost sanctuary of the Eternal, was 
the One chosen to reveal in person to humanity 
the knowledge of God. 
   Through Christ had been communicated 
every ray of divine light that had ever reached 
our fallen world. It was He who had spoken 
through everyone that throughout the ages had 
declared Gods word to man. Of Him all the 
excellences manifest in the earths greatest and 
noblest souls were reflections. The purity and 
beneficence of Joseph, the faith and meekness and 
long-suffering of Moses, the steadfastness of Elisha, the 
noble integrity and firmness of Daniel, the ardor 
and self-sacrifice of Paul, the mental and 
spiritual power manifest in all these men, and in all 
others who had ever dwelt on the earth, were but 
gleams from the shining of His glory. In Him was 
found the perfect ideal. 
   To reveal this ideal as the only true 
standard for attainment; to show what every human 
being might become; what, through the indwelling 
of humanity by divinity, all who received Him 
would become"for this, Christ came to the world. 
He came to show how men are to be trained as 
befits the sons of God; how on earth they are to 
practice the principles and to live the life of 
   Gods greatest gift was bestowed to 
meet mans greatest need. The Light appeared 
when the worlds darkness was deepest. Through 
false teaching the minds of men had long been 
turned away from God. In the prevailing systems of 
education, human philosophy had taken the place of 
divine revelation. Instead of the heaven-given 
standard of truth, men had accepted a standard of 
their own devising. From the Light of life they 
had turned aside to walk in the sparks of the 
fire which they had kindled. Ed73-74 


   When Abraham went out to battle and came 
back victorious, recovering all that the invading 
kings had taken, he encountered a man named 
Melchizedek, "king of righteousness" (Hebrews 7:2, NIV), 
who is also identified as the king of Salem - 
literally, king of shalom. David's son Solomon, whose 
name comes from the same word shalom, was lauded 
for establishing "peace on every side" (1 Kings 
5:4) - the golden age, and a brief one, in 
Israel's history. Now, many centuries later, Isaiah 
speaks of a future ruler - a son who is a Father, a 
wonderful counselor, and a mighty God, who will be 
called Prince of Shalom. 
   What is this shalom that seems so elusive 
yet so desired? It's the fullness of life, the 
abundance of God's blessings, that state of being in 
which all is well and life is as it should be. We 
all long for it but see only brief glimpses of 
it in our lives - those fleeting moments when 
everything on the to-do list is done, those vacations 
that seem so idyllic, those times of joy when 
everything seems to fall into place or our desires are 
fulfilled. This shalom is an aftertaste of the Garden 
of Eden and a foretaste of the City of God, and 
it stirs us deeply. This is what life is all 
about. Deep down inside, we just know it. 
   This is what Jesus came to offer. The 
King is all about shalom. When He promised a more 
abundant life (John 10:10), this is what He was 
talking about. When He told His disciples that His 
words would give them fullness of joy (John 
15:11), this is the picture. He comes for our 
shalom, a characteristic of the Kingdom we will 
always be stepping into more deeply and fully. And 
we can begin now. 
   How? By completely releasing our concerns 
into the hands of this Prince of Shalom. Living 
in His Kingdom means fully trusting in the 
King, knowing that everything He has designed for 
our lives, every aspect of His government in 
heaven and on earth, is for our good and our 
ultimate fulfillment. His shalom is the overflow of 
His goodness to us. And He invites us to taste 
and see it even now. [The One Year Heaven On 
Earth Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 


Prince of Peace
   Many of us find it hard to read those 
words without hearing Handel's Messiah in our 
mind. That magnificent music beautifully captures 
the glorious promise and rich truth of these 
ancient words. Israel hoped for, longed for, waited 
for a messiah who would prove victorious over 
her military oppressors. Israel anticipated a 
messiah who would bring peace on earth. 
   God's Messiah - Jesus, His Son - would 
prove victorious over a greater enemy: sin. God's 
Messiah would also bring a much greater peace: 
reconciliation between God and man. 
   Christ can indeed bring peace to any 
situation. The most difficult circumstance, the most 
ruthless enemy, the deepest pain - none of these is 
beyond Christ's reach. He can calm your heart and 
mind. No one brings peace like Jesus. 
   What do you need from the Messiah right 
now? A counselor? A mighty God? A Prince of 
peace? The Messiah will be all those in your life 
and much more. He is God's answer to every need 
in your life. [Being Still With God Every Day 
by Henry Blackaby] 

   The Jewish people of Jesus's day who 
lived under the tyranny of Rome longed for when 
real peace - true cessation of enemy control - 
would come. And that's what they thought when they 
heard Isaiah's prophecy of a soon arriving Prince 
of Peace. 
   Naturally when Jesus was born, they 
thought He would usher in that peace. Hadn't the 
angelic message heard by some shepherds included the 
words, "Peace on earth, and good will toward men?" 
But the events that followed didn't measure up 
for many people. Only those who understood the 
real peace that Jesus came to bring experienced 
it. But they did so in their hearts, and it 
wasn't necessarily reflected in their government. 
   Is it really any different today? I long 
for wars to cease around the world and for 
confused and burdened lives to grasp the only kind of 
peace that lasts. It won't come from our 
government or from world leaders. "It" already came 
over two thousand years ago. "It" was - and is - 
Jesus (Ephesians 2:14). This Prince of Peace is 
the One Who made it possible for us to know true 
peace - not a temporary cease fire - but a 
permanent truce with God. Only through Jesus can we 
find both peace with God - a joyful, loving 
relationship with Him - and the peace of God, the kind of 
reassurance that puts complete trust in Jesus 
(Philippians 4:7). Christmas is a great place to begin to 
understand that kind of lasting peace. by Rebecca 
Barlow Jordan 
   Faith Step: Has Jesus's peace found a 
place in your heart? If so, write a letter 
expressing how much that peace means to you. Leave it 
under the tree for Jesus. [Mornings With Jesus 
2018 Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan] 


   What do you call Jesus Christ? What you 
say about him influences the way you relate to 
him. Is he your Wonderful Counselor, the one who 
guides you in how to live your life? Is he your 
Mighty God, the one you turn to for strength? Is he 
your Everlasting Father, the head of your family 
who gives you your identity? Is he your Prince 
of Peace, your source of safety and wholeness? 
Can you say to him, "Mighty God, here I am. I'm 
yours. I want to have complete faith in you. Help 
me to see you for all you are." 
   Pastor Rick Warren says, "You take the 
wheel from here, Lord; you call the shots. Be the 
CEO of my life, become the chairman of the 
board. I'm putting a sign up that says I am under 
new management." Let Jesus be in charge of your 
   God longs for us to draw near to him and 
know him as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, 
Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. [The Daniel 
Plan 365-Day Devotional] 


   I am the Prince Of Peace. As I said to My 
disciples, I say also to you: Peace be with you. Since 
I am your constant Companion, My Peace is 
steadfastly with you. When you keep your focus on Me, 
you experience both My Presence and My Peace. 
Worship Me as King of kings, Lord of lords, and 
Prince of Peace.  
   You need My Peace each moment to 
accomplish My purposes in your life. Sometimes you are 
tempted to take shortcuts, in order to reach your 
goal as quickly as possible. But if the shortcut 
requires turning your back on My peaceful Presence, 
you must choose the longer route. Walk with Me 
along paths of Peace; enjoy the journey in My 
Presence. (Isa. 9:6; John 20:19-21; Psa. 25:4) [Jesus 
Calling by Sarah Young] 

   As this year draws to a close, receive My 
Peace. This is still your deepest need and I, your 
Prince of Peace, long to pour Myself into your 
neediness. My abundance and your emptiness are a 
perfect match. I designed you to have no sufficiency 
of your own. I created you as a jar of clay, 
set apart for sacred use. I want you to be 
filled with My very Being, permeated through and 
through with Peace. 
   Thank Me for My peaceful Presence, 
regardless of your feelings. Whisper My Name in loving 
tenderness. My Peace, which lives continually in your 
spirit, will gradually work its way through your 
entire being. (Isa. 9:6; 2 Cor. 4:7; John 14:26) 
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   In Isaiah's prophecy about my birth, he 
referred to Me as Eternal Father. There is unity of 
essence in the Trinity, even though it is comprised 
of three Persons. When the Jews were 
questioning Me in the temple, I went so far as to say: 
"I and the Father are one." Later, when Philip 
asked Me to show the Father to the disciples, I 
said: "Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. 
"So never think of Me as just a great teacher. I 
am God, and the Father and I live in perfect 
   As you come to know Me in greater depth 
and breadth, realize that you are also growing 
closer to the Father. Don't let the mysterious 
richness of the Trinity confuse you. Simply come to 
Me, recognizing that I am everything you could 
ever need Me to be. I - your only Savior - am 
sufficient for you. 
   In the midst of this busy Advent season, 
keep bringing your focus back to My holy 
Presence. Remember that Immanuel has come, and 
rejoice! (Isa. 9:6; John 10:30; 14:9; Mat. 1:23) 
[Jesus Always by Sarah Young] 





If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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