Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-7

Sermon Series: Names for the Messiah

Sermon Title: Mighty God

This week we continue reflecting on the royal oracle of Isaiah 9:2–7 as it pertains to Jesus. We have seen how royal titles from an ancient liturgy were taken up by the early church as a way to bear witness to Jesus. Now we will consider the second royal title, “Mighty God.” The early church struggled to articulate how Jesus was related to God and eventually confessed Jesus as God. (John 20: 28: “Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’”) That formulation, important as it is, is never easy or obvious for the church. (Brueggemann, Walter. Names for the Messiah: An Advent Study Westminster John Knox Press.)