“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
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 mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Since this time of year has been set aside by the world to remember the birth of Jesus, I thought it would be good for us to take some time to consider Jesus, His person and His workings on our behalf. For the next few brief devotions we will take a look at Isaiah 9:6 and see what we can learn about Jesus. By God’s grace, this time in the Word will be a daily reminder for us to keep Jesus in the center of our holiday season.
For our devotion this morning, we will be looking at Isaiah 9:6 – “and his name shall be called… Counsellor”
TRUTH OF CHRIST EXPLAINED:
In the phrase“and his name shall be called…Counsellor” , we find that Jesus is the One to whom we are to look for advice, counsel and leadership of life…
“That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:2-3)
“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:23-24)
Why is Christ the source of all wisdom and knowledge? It is because He reveals God’s mind to man as the living Word of God…
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. [That] was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-5,9-14)
In His absence, the Lord has left us with His written Word, the Bible, as today’s source of wisdom and knowledge as we continue to look to Him for advice and counsel …
“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned [them]; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:14-17)
In the phrase “and his name shall be called… Counsellor” we can see that this same Jesus, the Word, God Himself, through His person and work revealed to us the very wisdom and knowledge of God. He is our Supreme Counsellor to whom we can look for our every need.
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)
May we all keep the Jesus our Great Counsellor in our minds this holiday season; having joyful hearts knowing that we can always go to Him for leadership and wisdom, no matter what situation we may be facing in life.
We will return to our daily devotionals from Proverbs on December 26th.
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