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A Thought for the Week--Declaring Jesus’ Names

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

"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." (Isaiah 9:6 NKJ)

A Child has been born for us; Jesus, the Son of God, came to us from heaven as a child. A Son has been given to us; God the Father has given us His Son. God loves the world and all of its people. God promises to reveal the nature and character of Jesus to us. Jesus said that no man can know Him unless the Father reveals Jesus to him (Matthew 11:27). God has promised to do this.

One of the names people who know Jesus will call Him is "Mighty God." The Bible says He never sinned; even as a child He was sinless. He was weak like all of us. He needed to grow and mature in spirit like all of us. He was tempted like all of us. Yet, even as a child He had the Holy Spirit with Him and drew strength from the Spirit of God. The Bible says of Jesus, "And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him" (Luke 2:40 NKJ). Jesus was empowered by the grace of God and was mighty in God even as a child.

Jesus received another unction of the Holy Spirit when it was time to begin His ministry. When He was baptized, the Holy Spirit came upon Him again. After this time Jesus began to do mighty signs and wonders. He was still mighty over the sinful ways of the world, but now He also did mighty signs and wonders, under the direction and power of His Father. He was Mighty in God during the years of ministry.

When Jesus went into Gethsemane on His way to the cross, He prayed for God to take away from Him the need to drink the cup of suffering and death He had to drink as our sin-bearer. When God let it be known that His will was for Jesus to do this, Jesus accepted this cup. He then prayed for God to give Him the strength to do God’s will and to endure the sufferings and overcome our sinful ways and iniquities, which were to be put upon Him (Matthew 26:42). An angel came and ministered to Him. Jesus agonized in prayer, as He went through the spiritual trauma of knowing He would suffer, be tempted to give in to our sins that would be on Him, and suffer separation from His Father as He would endure the torment and pains of death. The Bible says, "…who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear…" (Hebrews 5:7-9 NKJ). He completed His work of suffering and getting the victory over our sins. He is Mighty God!

He did this so He could fulfill His calling today as our Heavenly High Priest. Today He is our eternal High priest, bringing His holy nature into us--a nature that has already overcome our sinful ways. His holy nature was mighty in God at Calvary, and will be mighty in God in us, giving us victory over the ways of our flesh, Satan and the world. He is, was, and ever will be our Mighty God! Hallelujah!

Father, we rejoice in Your eternal plan to exalt Your Son. We rejoice in His willingness to submit to all of Your will for Him, trusting You to empower Him so that we can know Him as Mighty God. Amen.

A Thought for the Week--Declaring Jesus’ Names

Thursday, March 29, 2007

"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." (Isaiah 9:6 NKJ)

One of the names of Jesus by which He will be made known is our "Everlasting Father" or the "Father of Everlasting Things." Jesus is the One through whom the everlasting or eternal blessings of God will be imparted to us. The Bible says, "For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God" (2 Corinthians 1:20-21 NKJ). God has brought to us, in Christ, all we need for this life and for the life to come. Paul says, "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19 NKJ). Again Paul says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ," (Ephesians 1:3NKJ). The blessings of heaven--the spiritual blessings: the blessings which will bring life to our spirit and then into our soul and body--come from the One who reigns in heaven.

The blessings of heaven, imparted to us through the Holy Spirit, are given through Christ. The blessings are imparted into us so they can go into all of our being and then can flow out from us to others. Jesus said, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive." (John 7:37-39 NKJ). Jesus promised not just that the Holy Spirit would flow into us with the blessings of heaven, but that He would also flow out of us, so that we could bring the eternal blessings to others.

Jesus is our Eternal High Priest. He has the blessings of life--a life that is eternal--for us. He took on Himself our old life--our old Adamic nature with all of its sins and iniquities. He brought that life into death for us. He did not give in to the ways of that life, so in Him that life died. He received into Himself heavenly power from God so that He could overcome our old life while on the cross. He prayed in agony and in earnest so that He could receive the power into His spirit to be successful in His mission. HE WAS SUCCESSFUL. Now He can impart His life and the power of the Holy Spirit into us so that we can reign over our old ways and over our old Adamic nature. He can use us to bring that life to others, so they too can know Him as their "Father of Everlasting Things

Father, we rejoice in You and in Your Eternal blessings You have for us, to be received through our Eternal High Priest, Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to receive and live in that life, and to let that life flow out of us to others. Amen.

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