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
When I first read this verse, I was honestly frustrated as I could not see the connection between the verse and the theme of “faithfulness.” I sought out commentaries, ancient languages, and even consulted my wife for some hint of how Jesus, the Son of God, is shown as faithful in this passage.
After listening to a few versions of “For Unto Us A Child Is Born” from Handel’s Messiah to get me in the mood of the song, it hit me. This passage reminds us of the incredible reputation of Jesus. His reputation has been the same for thousands of years. He’s never not been any of these names listed. He is faithful to continue to maintain His names.
When you see these names, what is so powerful about His faithful reputation is the expansive nature of His nicknames. He is able to maintain in His faithfulness multiple familial roles. He easily handles the political stratosphere with being a prince and a governor. His reputation gives Him the ability to engage us historically as a God of the eternal past and then pastorally present in His counsel. His might and strength do not appear as a colossal bodybuilder who overwhelms us and is a little scary (have you seen those guys?!), but instead shows us the empowerment of childlike wonder. And how all things are possible with a heart of belief.
We can be sure that our God’s reputation is not going to be tarnished by time, challenge, or unbelief. He is going to be faithful to the names He is called. Let us call on Him in Advent with the revelation that He is so much more than the names we call Him. He is Faithful.