For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.— Isaiah 9:6.
In a first of its kind painting, The Promise combines the incredible talents of artist, Ron DiCianni and calligrapher, Tim Botts. With Isaiah in the background, viewers can see the awe in Isaiah’s face as he prophesied of the Savior that was to come. The names in the foreground are brilliantly colored to emphasize the importance of the name of Christ. More than just a Christmas painting, The Promise reminds us that our Savior is everything from our “Everlasting Father” to our “Prince of Peace.””
One of the commentaries in my Bible says “prophets and trees have something in common: they are both planted for the future!” While Isaiah had much to say to the people of his own time, he was privileged to deliver the ultimate promise to our world hundreds of years in advance. In fact, he was talking to you and me. He spoke of a special Child, Jesus Christ. The names Isaiah used to describe Him ought to be shouted from every housetop and on everyone’s lips today. Our world has forgotten that Jesus is indeed “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince Of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Regrettably, respect for His name is probably at an all time low. Just turn on any talk show and witness the venom of those who have rejected the “Gift” Isaiah was so proud to have announced. I wonder if he suspected that so many people down through the ages would fail to recognize who that Son is. I am determined (and I hope you are as well) that my children, family, and as many as I can reach will not be guilty of letting that prophecy be ignored and go unrecognized in their lives. That would be the tragedy of all tragedies.