Christmas is coming (crazy fast) and all around the world millions of people will celebrate the birth of a little baby named Jesus. At least that’s what I thought was his name. Turns out the prophet Isaiah was trying to name him over 700 years before he was even born!
How many babies do you know who had that happen to them?
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Check out that first name, Wonderful Counselor. Most translations keep the words together but it could be argued that “Wonderful” would do nicely on its own in English. And it’s not a bad name either. Wonderful…that’s Jesus.
What’s wonderful like?
Is it “wonderful” like walking into Grandma’s house as she takes fresh buns out of the oven?
Or “wonderful” like finishing a hard work out?
Or “wonderful” like catching that huge salmon after fishing all day in the rain?
Or how about “wonderful” like watching your daughter put the angel on the top of the Christmas tree for the first time?
Or is it “wonderful” like coming to the end of a long round of chemotherapy treatment, having access to drugs which many in the world do not.
Jesus is all that and more. He is the most wonderful person that ever lived. Add to that, he is Wonderful Counselor. Note: I said ‘is’ not ‘was’?
Don’t think “guidance counselor” or “therapist” or “shrink.” Isaiah wanted us to think of Jesus as Messiah, as head of all political powers. An Amazing Ruler who with the snap of his fingers would clean up every world issue. Like a flawless President without need for advice. Jesus requires no one else to remain entirely just and fair. If the Jews back then hoped Jesus as Messiah would literally reign on earth; I can’t say I blame them. In fact, I can think of a few countries that could use some help with governing in 2011. You?
Who has access to government really? Last time I checked no one in high up politics returned my calls. Once I thought my city mayor was calling me, but it turned out to be a recording sent by some autopilot computer program.
Not so with our Wonderful Counselor. Jesus is the most caring and concerned advisor anyone could wish for. He’s online right now ready to listen, and then miraculously respond! It’s true. This Christmas you and I have access to Jesus for anything you would like to talk about. He’s available.
I am amazed how different that baby in a manger looks , up there on the mantel, when I stop to consider the Wonderful Counselor he is today.
What wonderful attribute of Jesus will you celebrate this week?