He is able in Himself to know what is right and to make right decisions without resort to a second opinion. But then, I was so caught up in the process of delivery, I scarcely knew what was going on. groans and travails in pain together until now. Yet, in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light; He is the Everlasting Father. We’d been there less than a year, and, being the new kid on the block, I was to be the preacher for the service. It is used in conjunction with other words to give God a variety of more specific names such as “El Shaddei” or “God Almighty”. Phillips Brooks said it best when he wrote, “O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie! {but} my kingdom is from another place.”He is Prince of peace – because the cause of war, human sinfulness and rebellion against God, will be dealt with. Seven hundred years! 7Of the increase of His government and peace. Be in no doubt this Christmas, that the child we remember is nothing less than God Himself, come to earth as human baby, in order to fulfil these and other great promises. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men./ [1]/. I am a promise with a capital P; Also the children’s story. B.   GODThe simplest Hebrew word for God is “El”. He is the perfect king for His people because He is not merely another human king, but a wonder of a king, perfect in wisdom and knowledge, able to lead and guide his people with perfect justice and truth. What did Jesus say to Pilate?Jn 18:36 “My kingdom is not of this world. Isaiah says in 10:21, just a chapter and a half later, when talking about Israel returning from captivity in Babylon:“A remnant will return, will return to the Mighty God.”Think of Christ, healing the blind, the lame, the sick; think of Christ calling Lazarus from the tomb; think of Christ, rising triumphantly from the grave, victorious over sin and death! But in the case of Jesus’ birth, there’s more, for wrapped up in the birth of Jesus are not only the hopes and dreams of Mary and Joseph, but the hopes and dreams of all creation. What we celebrate at Christmas is actually the beginning of a new way of life made possible by the birth,life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, • … a new way of life when “nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war any more.” (Micah 4:3), • … a new way of life when “The wolf will live with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat; The calf, the young lion, and the fattened calf together; and a little child will lead them.” (Isaiah 11:6), • … a new way of life when “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28), • … a new way of life when “…God himself will be with them as their God. Prince of PeaceWhat a magnificent and emphatic exclamation mark this name is in Isaiah’s prophecy! Without beginning or end.Isaiah says that the promised child is everlasting. This is the God of salvation. When he was only five, my son, John, learned this little song by Bill Gaither and sang it in church one Sunday morning. “Pele” is used in Ps 78:12 which says that “God did wonders in the sight of their fathers in the land of Egypt”. A.   MightyWhat comes to mind when you hear someone described as “mighty”?Literally, the root word used here is “gibbor”, which means “hero”, a doer of great things, of mighty acts done for someone else that they couldn’t do for themselves.Has anyone driven down the HWY 410 from Trenton to Toronto? The birth of Jesus signals the start of a new covenant and a new order of being in which God judges us not on the basis of our righteousness, but on the basis of his grace and love. Later in Isaiah we read about one who will suffer for the sins of God’s people, who will be crushed because our wrong doing is laid upon him, who will be punished in our place. If it were my servants would fight to prevent my arrest …. Think about how astounding that statement really is. waiting for adoption, the redemption of our body.”. I was in seminary at the time and serving as student pastor of the Prosper Methodist Church. I can imagine Joseph thinking about how, one day, he’d get Jesus a set of tools and teach him to work with his hands and be a craftsman, to make things useful and long-lasting – and Mary, how she’d tell him stories and sing him songs, and how she’d teach him to be useful around the house and to listen to his heart, as well as to other people. No one in the history of the world comes even close to being worthy of the name given in this verse. Imagine if you heard your doorbell ring last night.