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. Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)
Maybe it’s just me, but we don’t use “mighty” much anymore. At least not in a context of real power and strength. If you’re a little bit older, you may remember “Mighty Mouse.” If you have a grade-schooler playing sports, he or she may be on a “Mighty Mites” team of some kind. But, hardly do we hear someone say “he’s a mighty person” or “they have a mighty military” or “they’re a mighty tough football team.” Mighty almost sounds comical anymore.
In days gone by, however, the word mighty spoke to immense power and strength. This is what Isaiah has in mind as he continues describing the coming Messiah. Not only does the Messiah demonstrate awe-inspiring wisdom and offer wonderful words of counsel, but He is also the mighty God. He is the very embodiment of power and ability. All things are possible to Him. Nothing is beyond Him. Power resonates from His very being.
Today, we characterize Jesus as a mild-mannered guy walking around dispensing pithy little sayings. To many of us, He is Yoda without the cane and the funny speech. The Bible, on the other hand, gives us a completely different picture of Jesus. He is the mighty God. He can do anything. He crackles with power and ability. He’s not Clark Kent. He’s Superman.
What’s the practical implication of Jesus being the mighty God? Simple. Nothing is too big for Him. There is nothing He cannot do. He can create something out of nothing (Colossians 1:16). He can turn a little into a lot (Matthew 14:16-21). He can heal the sick (Luke 4:40), give sight to the blind (John 9:25), speech to the mute (Mark 9:25), and hearing to the deaf (Mark 7:37). He can enable the lame to leap with joy (Matthew 15:30-31). He can even raise the dead (John 11:43-44). He can do anything and everything, and we can do anything in Him (Philippians 4:13). So who better to lean on this Christmas season and all the days that follow? Look to Jesus. He is the Mighty God.
Further Reading: Philippians 4