The Person of the Lord Jesus Christ
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
How complex and mysterious is the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. Isaiah calls Him a CHILD and a COUNSELLOR. In the same breath he calls Him a SON, he calls Him the EVERLASTING FATHER. He who is an INFANT is the INFINITE GOD. The MAN OF SORROWS is THE MIGHTY GOD. DESPISED OF MEN, yet He is WONDERFUL. His garments are rolled in blood, but He is the PRINCE OF PEACE. How these words remind me that He is not discovered by research and reason but by revelation! He said to Peter, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:17)
There is no seeing Christ nor understanding Christ except in HIS OWN LIGHT. He is the door, but he openeth and no man shutteth. He is the lesson, but He is also the teacher. He is the destination, but he is the Way. He is the object of faith, but He is also the author of faith. He is that which is to be seen and the light by which we see. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God. How unsearchable are His judgements and His ways past finding out” (Romans 11:33). How empty are the words “the simple plan of salvation” in the light of this complex and mysterious person, Jesus Christ.
O, Spirit of God, sanctify our carnal thoughts and illuminate our dark understanding. Give us that saving knowledge of Him who enables God to be just and Justifier, who is both the wisdom and the power of God.
Henry Mahan – 1985