Just as the names of God in scripture speak to His character, the prophetic names in Isaiah 9:6 foretell the character of the coming Messiah. Our Messiah, Christ Jesus, is El Gibbor, which translates to "Mighty God." The name means strong, wise, hero God. In today's culture mankind is the hero. The message is to trust and rely on ourselves to survive life's challenges. In contrast, we believe that God sent his son, the Messiah, to be our superhero. There are truths from scripture that help us to trust in El Gibbor - Mighty God - and not ourselves. First, Jesus' might is at work IN us. Second, Jesus' might is at work FOR us. Third, Jesus' might is at work THROUGH us. Ultimately, the sacrifice of His own life illustrated El Gibbor's true display of might!
The Spirit of God gave the prophet Isaiah revelation about the promised Messiah, the Savior of the world. In His birth announcement in Isaiah 9 we are given four royal titles that vividly describe the nature and work of the Messiah. This Advent, we will study these four titles in their context, how Jesus Christ fulfills each royal title, and why we can worship Jesus Christ as our true king this Christmas season.