Wonderful Counselor

 In Pastor Jeff's Blog

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6

From Advent worship to Handel’s Messiah, I’ve heard these words from Isaiah and cherished them as part of my faith life in the Christmas season for many years. But truth be told, I haven’t given them much thought. It dawned on me just the other day that I’m not quite sure what it means to call Jesus “Wonderful Counselor”, so I did a little digging.

“Wonderful” does not refer to Jesus being a “really good” counselor. The Hebrew word “pala” refers to something that is outside the realm of human explanation. The same Hebrew word is used in Psalm 139:6, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.” It describes something miraculous, something that fills us with awe and wonder.

“Counselor” originally referred to a king giving his people wise advice and guidance. When Isaiah refers to the Messiah as “Counselor” he means that this King will lead and guide people on pathways that honor God and bless those who travel them.

So, among other things, the Gift of Christmas is that we have been given an unending source of guidance that transcends human wisdom. As we read Scripture and come to know Jesus, we learn from his example and his teaching the pathways that lead to blessing. And through the “Spirit of counsel and might” (Isaiah 11:2-3) who is with us always, wisdom is available to all who ask (James 1:5-8).

And like any gift, its value comes when we unwrap it and make it our own. How do we do that with Jesus? We spend time in Scripture, getting to know Jesus, his wisdom and his ways. And when we need wisdom and guidance, we get quiet and still and listen for the Spirit’s voice deep within.

Need a little holiday cheer? Watch this video and listen to the London Symphony Orchestra play “For Unto Us a Child Is Born”.

Wishing you a blessed Christmas!

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