a name of power that invokes reaction, not only in our own souls, but also in the spirits that surround us. Yet, there are many more titles that He goes by. I’d like to explore some of them here.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane. Let’s go back to school, if only for a few moments of reverie. Some of you will have to stretch back farther than the rest of us, and others will want to forget such a place existed at all, but for a few moments, let’s go there.
There used to be people in the office called counselors, who would offer guidance, wisdom, and an ear. If they did their jobs correctly, then they were probably the most valuable resource in that whole office.
Everyone needs someone who we can lean on, and tell all our issues and problems to. There’s just a comfort in knowing that someone will listen unbiased, and at the drop of a hat, will spread peace to your soul.
I want to ask, “Can you imagine it?” But such imaginings don’t need to be done. You can do it, right now. He’s here. He always has been. He always will be. His ears and heart are open. His shoulder is strong, if you need to cry; his arms are peaceful and loving.
‘Wonderful’. It’s such a common word; I actually went and looked up the meaning:
won·der·ful [wuhn-der-fuh l]: –adjective; excellent; great; marvelous
So, He’s not just a counselor (someone who will listen to your problems and offer support), but He’s awonderful counselor. Using our definition, He’s an excellent, great, marvelous counselor.
Pretty self explanatory, in and of itself. But even in a self-explanatory state, can you not feel the power in this title? Mighty God. A God who is Mighty! God who is full of Might and Power. Granted, I’m basically saying the same thing over and over, but how can you not be in awe of the image this inspires?
Picture, if you will, God. However you view Him in your mind’s eye will do.
He stretches forth his hand, and with that small effort, he creates the world. There’s a song (of which I cannot remember the name), the lyrics go something like this:
”The words of your voice can catch a falling star”
Think of that just for a moment. That meteor (or shooting star for you romantic minds out there) is falling and there isn’t anything anyone can do about it!
Well, any human.
But with the words of His voice alone he can stop that falling space rock.
Everlasting. Forever. Eternity.
In math, the symbol for infinity is an 8, delicately balanced on its side. In its place, you can also use a circle.
No beginning, no end, just continuously looping around, forever.
When I would sit on my mother’s patient lap, learning of matters eternal, I once heard her use this metaphor:
Imagine a large metal sphere floating in space. Every 1000 years, a dove passes by and barely brushes her feathers across the metal ball. When that metal ball has finally been worn down by the dove’s wings, Eternity will have only just begun.
Even as a child, with a massive imagination, I couldn’t even fathom that span of time. 1000 years and the dove only brushes the metal ball! It would take, millions, no billions of years for that ball to finally even start to show the effects of the dove passing by!
Father. Caretaker. Protector. Provider.
There are so many other words that you could use in place of ‘father’. Think of your own father.
If you’re like me, then there may be emotions, good and bad, tied to the person who holds that title. Sometimes, especially when your father isn’t in your life, due to death or other circumstances, you can feel lost, alone. It’s not uncommon to hear criminals and the like blame the fact that they are like that on the fact that they didn’t have a father.
But, that isn’t exactly true, if you’re a child of the King. Jesus is your father. He is your mother. He’s your sister and your brother. He is what you need in your life. He carries you through your life, even when you think you’re all alone.
Jesus is your Eternal Father. Forever. He will not walk away, He will not die (He’s already proven this last point). He takes you by the hand, providing what you need, disciplining you when you do wrong, and more importantly, teaching you why its wrong and how He will help you when it comes about in your life again. He protects you from the wrath of those who would destroy you, and places a steady and encouraging hand on your back when your stepping out in faith.
Plus, He’ll never miss a little league game.
Prince of Peace
Peace. In a big picture, we could be talking about the end of the world and how Jesus will be the end of all War and Strife in the world.
But in every evolution of my faith in Jesus, I’ve always believed Him to be a God who loves getting personal, as well as knowing the big picture. Jesus is a God of relationships, and the most important one in your life, is your relationship with Him.
We all have strife and turmoil in our lives. There are days we don’t want to get out of the bed, because it’s just another day surviving and not another day Living. Things cloud our minds; the guy two cubicles over from you is spreading awful rumors; the girl you see in the break room stole a couple dollars out of your purse/wallet/lunchbox; the mailman was rude to you this morning, and your spouse totally snubbed you this morning, ignoring you (accidently or purposefully, it never seems to matter at the time).
These things cloud our minds, taking our focus away from the One who should always hold our attention.
We get ourselves so worked up over the big and little things of life, and at the end of the day, all we end up saying is “Isn’t there any peace!?”
But you see, there it is. The Prince of Peace, if given attention, will settle your soul, not just in a temporary way, but in an everlasting way. All you need to do is settle yourself in his presence. What better peace is there when you’re surrounded by the presence of the One who created you? Who saw you, even before you were in your mother’s womb?
And in this title, there is a promise that not only is He the proprietor of peace, the creator and distributor of it, but He is the Prince of it; He’s the master of it. And he gives it freely. Ask and you shall receive.
In this article, we’ve gone over a few titles (nowhere near as many as I would have liked) of who He is; because He IS that Mighty God, who rules the heavens with an iron grip. He IS the Everlasting Father, who will support you and love you forever, He IS that Wonderful Counselor, who gives wisdom and offers comfort.
Jesus Christ, alone and without reason, has taken so many titles in his effort to reach the lost. To reach You. He, from his throne of Glory, reached down into the pit of despair and sin and pulled you up out of darkness.
So, Who is he to you?