Imagine a baby being known as the Mighty God! This was definitely not the prophet’s imagination. Isaiah had been given the message from God. It was God who was coming to earth in the flesh to establish His Kingdom with justice and righteousness forever. In our minds today, we can see the magi asking in Jerusalem where the “one who has been born King of the Jews” might be found (Matt 2)? They bowed down and worshipped Him. Isaiah’s prophecy gave Jesus other names (Isaiah 9:6). What did Jesus do to proclaim His greatness on earth? Did Satan try to tempt Jesus? Read Luke 4 which explains His tests. When Satan had finished all of his tempting, he left Jesus until another time (Luke 4:13)! Jesus is worthy of our praise and honor.
By the age of twelve, Jesus surprised the scholars of His time in the Jerusalem temple with His knowledge of the Scriptures. Because He was without sin as a grown man, He resisted Satan’s offers of power and began His humble ministry. As a Mighty God, Jesus reflected His power in many miracles. His might was most clearly demonstrated on the cross. He endured the shame and pain of such a horrible death and then arose from the tomb three days later. The wounds were still visible. Only the Mighty God could have overcome the grave and then ascended forty days later to sit at the right hand of God the Father in heaven!
With priceless facts like these listed, is it humanly possible for us to better understand how we too have victory over evil forces? We can feel thankful that we are promised victory over evil forces that exist today. 1 John 4:4 tells us that we are of God and greater is He that is in us, than he who is in the world! This kind of power comes only from our Mighty God.
Let us read verses from Isaiah 9, Ephesians 1 and Romans 8 to learn of God’s plan for our victory over evil forces that we face. Just as Isaiah saw no more gloom for those in distress, Paul in the New Testament prayed for the enlightenment of the eyes of Christians in Ephesus and for the Romans. How were believers encouraged to look for a brighter future? With these verses, the stage is truly set for the possibility of our individual victories over all that might spiritually oppress us! What can we take from these verses that we can apply to the various struggles we are facing at the moment? As we meditate over these verses and their promises, do we see messages of reality? Paul’s examples point out the victories of believers, thanks to Jesus. The Bible explicitly gives us the hope of victory over any problems as we look confidently to the future. Let us continue to study God’s word to live according to His eternal purpose!
Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.