Our hope is that this series will draw us into Christmas. Isaiah 9 is one of many prophesies regarding the Messiah creating a sense of anticipation. Names are significant, even more so at that time. What can we learn about the coming of the Messiah from the many names he was given? This passage has often made me wonder: why these ‘names’? Why a ‘prince’ of peace? Why a ‘Father’? What does it mean for the Messiah to be a Wonderful Counsellor? Of course the context is important and the word ‘Counsellor’ makes one think of John 14-16, Jesus promise of the Holy Spirit! I have not added any cross references or additional passages but can do if required.