The prophet Isaiah anticipated the coming of Jesus the King in his great Emmanuel section. From Isaiah 7-12 the prophet stirs the hope of the coming King, coming from God. He would be the Wonderful Counselor whose great wisdom would accomplish the greatest of challenges. He would be the Mighty God – with all the power and authority that only the Divine One can bring. He would be the Everlasting Father – a forever presence for protection, provision and security. He would be the Prince of Peace – the one whose rule will establish the heavenly peace across the whole earth.
All this adds up, in Isaiah’s anticipation, to be Emmanuel – the God who is with us! That’s the kind of King we need. Christmas says that is the kind of King we have.