The Old Testament prophets from the time of King David began to speak of an anointed King who would come from the line of David who would rule the earth and whose kingdom would last forever. The gospel writers wanted their readers to be in no doubt that this Jesus of Nazareth was the promised Messiah or Christ. Right at the beginning of Jesus public ministry Mathew quotes from Isaiah Chapter 9 to make it clear that Jesus is the fulfilment of Isaiah’s prophecy.
Isaiah tells us that a light is coming to those who live in the shadow of death. What will this Messiah king be like? Isaiah, surprisingly, tells us that a child is born, a son is given and he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.