Wonderful Counselor

After reading the gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and times, if we turn our attention back to the prophecy of Isaiah we see the prediction of this amazing God-Man: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Come let us adore him!

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

The child, Jesus, will be called Wonderful Counselor. Or Wonderful. And Counselor. Let the interpretations begin. Jesus is full of miracles and wonder. He is also our ultimately wise guide.

The people around Jesus, and especially those who were closest to him, consistently said things like, who is this guy who commands the sea and waves? Who is he?

Jesus was so full of miracles and wonder that it was incredible to watch. People were incredulous around him. It was nonsensical and extra-worldly to have a person doing what he did. Full of wonder.

Jesus promised the Counselor who would come after him. He named the Holy Spirit as the one who would counsel us. It is interesting, however, that the role of the Spirit is to remind us of the words of Jesus (John 14:26). The Wonderful Counselor would send another counselor to keep reinforcing the guidance and wisdom.

Don’t we need that? I do. I could use daily or even hourly reinforcement of Jesus’ teaching. Bring it on.

And so we see how much our world needs the wonder and miracles of the Lord Jesus and the guidance he offers for our lives. Earlier in Isaiah 9 we see that those walking in darkness have seen a great light. Jesus lights up the sky.

Come let us adore him.

Marc Kinna



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