“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
When Isaiah predicted the birth of Jesus – the first name he used was “Wonderful Counselor.”
So, what does calling Jesus our “Wonderful Counselor” mean and how does the name apply to us today?
Let’s break down His name into two parts.
The word “wonderful” – means extraordinary – something truly inexplicable.
Today, we may use the word loosely to describe things we enjoy – such as claiming we had a “wonderful night” or ate a “wonderful meal.”
But Isaiah intended a deeper meaning.
He was calling attention to the wonder of who the Messiah is – and what He does.
Got Questions states:
“Jesus demonstrated His wonderfulness in various ways when He was on the earth, beginning with His conception in the womb of a virgin (Matthew 1:23). He showed He is the “wonderful” One in His power to heal (Matthew 4:23), His amazing teaching (Mark 1:22), His perfect life (Hebrews 4:15), and His resurrection from the dead (Mark 16:6).”
The wonder of God in the flesh can’t fully be described or understood. While we should always meditate on His wonder and glory, take an extra moment this Christmas season to study your Bible and read about the miracle of who Jesus is.
You can’t help being in awe of the majesty of God in the flesh.
Likewise, when Isaiah called Jesus a counselor, Isaiah was pointing us to the One who would give perfect counsel – without error.
In the Old Testament, the historical importance of seeking wisdom from a plurality of counselors was highlighted.
“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14
But even still, some kings gave good counsel – and others bad.
In contrast, during Jesus’ life, He always knew what to say and how to say it – stunning crowds around Him with His wise words.
Throughout His life, each time Jesus interacted with a person – His counsel was perfect.
He was never wrong as He knew the true hearts and intentions of people he encountered.
In fact, even His own enemies were amazed at the wisdom and counsel that poured from His mouth.
Sometimes throughout our lives, we lose our way and don’t always know the best path forward.
But we know Jesus is our “Wonderful Counselor” – and as we read God’s Word and pray to Him for guidance in our lives – we can trust He will lead us with perfect wisdom.
As God in the flesh, Jesus is the source of all truth.
Fully God, and fully man, He came down to walk with us.
May we never lose our sense of awe and wonder of who Jesus is.
Our Lord and Savior. The Greatest King. Our Wonderful Counselor.
May God bless you and your loved ones this Christmas season.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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