In Isaiah 9:6 other names are given for Him. “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
His name is Wonderful. “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him a name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.” Phil 2:9.
His name is Counselor. Jesus Himself said, “I am the good Shepherd and I know my sheep. My sheep hear My voice.” John 10:11, 27.
His name is Mighty God. The Hebrew here is God Almighty, showing that the One who fulfills this prophecy will be God Himself, the One True God.
He is the Everlasting Father. Again this is an indication of Jesus’ divinity. He told Philip, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father,” John 14:9.
He is the Prince of Peace. Peace was proclaimed by the angels to the shepherds in the field, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14.
Peter in Acts 4:12, said, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
The name given by God in heaven, announced by the angels. When the filthiest sinner calls on that Name of Jesus in faith, God will wash the sinner white as snow.
In the 70s while I was working as a telephone operator, I learned to crochet, like my friends were doing. I had learned to knit in home economics class in high school, but I liked the the cute crocheted sweaters better than the knitted ones.
I had tried to learn to crochet from Mom, but she crocheted doilies with thread and a small crochet hook. I just couldn’t seem to pick up the technique. Then when I saw my friends crocheting with yarn and big fat crochet hooks, I thought, “I can do that.” I had a picture in my mind of me holding the hook and yarn and putting the hook in the loops and pulling the yarn through.
I bought a skein of yarn, a big fat hook, and a crochet instruction book, and taught myself to crochet. My first project was a zigzag multi-colored afghan that I still have. Whether crochet or cooking or driving a car, I learned many things because I saw myself doing it. I formed an image in my mind.
“Then He (God) brought him (Abraham) outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” Genesis 15:5 New King James Version.
When God spoke to Abraham, He told him to look up to the heavens, count the stars, and that is the number of descendants he would have. At that moment, Abraham had no children. He was an old man and his wife was old, but she hadn’t been able to have children even when young.
Abraham looked at the stars and a vision formed in his heart of an old man bouncing a baby boy on his knee, teaching him to walk, and to hunt and fish. Abraham saw himself as a father. Then he put His faith in God to see it come to pass.
Is there something that you have desired for many years, like Abraham desired a son? Look up to the heavens and visualize it for yourself. Then put your faith in God.
I have never been to Heaven, but I’ve been to Oklahoma. I was born in Oklahoma and have lived here all my life. Some people think Oklahoma is cowboys and Indians, oil derricks, flat plains, and the Dust Bowl, but Oklahoma around Vinita is hills and valleys, Grand Lake, the tail end of the Ozarks out of Missouri and Arkansas, lush hay fields, and cattle ranches.
Why didn’t I pay attention when my uncles and Daddy talked about World War II? When the men gathered at our house to visit, the ladies were visiting or cooking, and the kids were playing outside or washing dishes and doing chores. Everyone had his or her own interest and mine was either reading or playing the piano. Guns, war, and history meant nothing to me.
I’ll never forget in the mid-1980s when my husband and Dad were talking about WWII and they mentioned the bombing of Nagasaki. I must have looked puzzled when I asked, “Where is Nagasaki?” because they both looked at me astonished. Dad said, “Surely you don’t mean you’ve never heard of the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan?” I said, “I’ve heard of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.” And he then told me about the bombing of Nagasaki following the bombing of Hiroshima, ending the war in the Pacific.
The only excuse I have is that no one grabbed my attention in a way that was meaningful to me, so whatever I was supposed to learn went right over my head.
This reminds me of the stories of people who have attended Sunday School and church all their lives and never learned the spiritual truth of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Perhaps they heard the story of Jesus and considered it a nice story, but never recognized their need of a savior. Many people think that they haven’t done anything so terribly wrong in their life, so there’s nothing from which to be saved. Maybe she has been a very good person, and had given to charities. Perhaps he had always paid his bills and been a friend to all.
However in Romans 3: 23 in The Living Bible, “Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal yet now God declares us “not guilty” of offending him if we trust in Jesus Christ, who in his kindness freely takes away our sins.”
Yes, everyone is a sinner, but everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved.