Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Isaiah 9:6  "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:  and the government shall be upon His shoulder:  and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The might God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace"

We have in our text Isaiah's early announcement of the birth of Jesus. Most birth announcements come after the birth- after the baby is born. Isaiah gives this birth announcement by prophecy centuries before the baby has arrived.

Why did he use so many names in the announcement?. Many names are needed to adequately describe this wonderful Savior. Each of these names reveals the personality of our Lord Jesus.

His Name shall be called Counselor.” As Counselor He was intimately acquainted with the counsels of God from eternity, and He gives counsel to us, today

As Counselor Jesus became available. The name “Counselor” speaks of His wisdom
The Messiah would be in incarnation of perfect wisdom and have the words of eternal life. There are times when wisdom is worthless. Wisdom is worthless when it is not available. Wisdom is worthless when it cannot be applied to life – or lived out in a practical way.

Jesus became available Phil 2:5-7 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”

The incarnation was the act of the pre-existent Son of God voluntarily assuming a human body and human nature. Without ceasing to be God, He became a human being – the man called Jesus. He didn't give up His deity to become human, but He set aside the right to His glory and power.

He was born and laid in a manger (Luke 2:1-7). His birth was announced to shepherds (Luke 2:8-14). Wise men came to worship Him (Matt 2:1-11). Jesus was always available during His ministry. He was available to children as well as adults. He was available to the poor as well as the rich. He was available to sinners like you and me!

As Counselor, He came with answers. As Counselor, He gives the right advise. As Counselor, He would disclose the perfect plan of salvation. Jesus had answers for the doctors in the temple (Luke 2:41-52). Jesus had answers for Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews (John 3:1-21). Jesus had answers for His critics (John 2:18-22). Jesus had answers about eternity. He gave a promise of heaven (John 14:1-6). He spoke of the peril of hell (Luke 16:19-31)

As Counselor He came with assurance for hopeless sinners. Jesus brought a message of love. Love for the woman at the well (John 4:1-26). Love for a crooked tax collector, Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10). Love for a dying thief on the cross (Luke 23:39-43). Jesus brought hope to those who had no hope – and He still does! No problem was too difficult for Him to solve. He still reaches out to those who have no hope. He offers hope to you and me

During this season, we celebrate more than a miracle birth. This virgin-born Savior has the answers that are needed today. Jesus has answers that are relevant to every person, every need and every age. I encourage you to bring your burdens and problems to Him. His wise counsel will guide you through your troubled times. His wise counsel will guide you through your valleys. His wise counsel will guide you through the storms you face in your life. As our Counselor, He is wisdom!

Until next time...enjoy the journey!


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