Christmas is that time of year when Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Sadly, many people celebrate Christmas, and have no idea why they celebrate Christmas or who Christmas is really all about! Many people think Christmas is all about The Big Guy in the Red Suit who has many names: Santa Claus, Papai Noel, Sinter Klaas, Father Christmas, Pere Noel, Babbo Natele. There’s a lot of names that we associate with Christmas. All those names are good and fun. However, there are other names of Christmas that surround the true meaning of Christmas.
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
This passage is telling us something about His nature and character. With more than 250 names and titles of our Lord written down from Genesis to Revelation, Isaiah brings together 4 that appear nowhere else in the Bible. Put together, they capture the totality of the person and work of Jesus. Who He is, and what He does!
Wonderful emphasizes His Deity…Counselor emphasizes His humanity.
Mighty emphasizes His humanity…God emphasizes His deity.
Everlasting emphasizes His deity…Father emphasizes His humanity.
Prince emphasizes His humanity…Peace emphasizes His deity
The child who was born, the Son who was given, is Immanuel, God with us.
In this blog post, I will focus on the Wonderful Counselor, and throughout the week I will blog additional posts on the remaining names.
His Name Is Wonderful Counselor
Many researchers tell us that the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the time more people suffer from depression than any time of the year. Studies also show that more people commit or consider suicide during this time of the year. Why? When we think of Christmas, we think of family, decorations, parties, presents, worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Many times a Norman Rockwell scene comes to mind.
But for many people, Christmas is the loneliest time of the year. The first Christmas after the death of a loved one. The first Christmas after a painful divorce with joint custody. The first Christmas knowing this could be your last.
In times like this we probably don’t need a counseling session, but it would help if we had someone who could identify with our hurts, fears and pain. The good news is, we do! Jesus Christ is our “Wonderful Counselor.” This name of Jesus gives us the idea that all He does is wonderful, extraordinary, miraculous with the skill of always giving wise counsel.
In John MacArthur’s book, “The Gospel According to Jesus”, he writes
When you read about every major encounter Jesus had with individuals who came to Him for counsel, He always knew what to say, when to reach out to a seeking heart, and when to rebuke an impetuous soul. Even his enemies testified, “Never did a man speak the way this man speaks.
As God Incarnate, Christ is the source of all truth. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” The Messiah is the Wonderful Counselor because He is God, the source of truth. He knows what you’re going through at this very moment. He is not a distant deity. He is near to the broken-hearted. We need His wonderful counsel, because we don’t know it all, and we can’t figure it all out.
He is a “Wonderful Counselor” because He says, “Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” If you have a big decision to make, listen to your Wonderful Counselor! If any of you lacks wisdom, ask the Wonderful Counselor!
Call on the name of the Lord, our Wonderful Counselor, and He will show you wonderful things!
Stay tuned for my next post when we study…The Mighty God!