Wonderful, Counsellor

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 Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

I wonder if they’re singing this glorious piece of music in heaven.

Verse 5 left us with a dire scene, one of battle, noise, blood, fire, and defeat.  But then Isaiah jumps ahead, and describes the time when Messiah will return to earth and finally assume His rightful position in Jerusalem, on the throne of David, and as ruler of the whole earth. This is the the Child Who was born in a lowly stable in the little town of Bethlehem, Who suffered and died an ignominious and incredibly painful death in our behalf; but Who then rose victorious over sin and death so that we, too, could have eternal life.

Here are some other references that deal with the coming of Messiah and the establishment of His kingdom:

Jer. 23:30, 33; Dan. 2:44; 7:13-14; Zech. 14; Luke :33; Rev. 20.

Over the next few days, we’re going to spend time looking at all the names mentioned in this verse. Today, Wonderful, Counsellor.

Some believe there should be no comma between these first two names. He is the Wonderful Counsellor. Either way, He is wonderful–full of wonder. No king in history has ever been like Him before. No ruler has ever, in spite of his best efforts, been able to bring complete peace to the entire world. Not even Antichrist could do that, and it will appear for a while that he has done so. But he is soon revealed as the fraud that he is, and Jesus Christ becomes King of Kings, Lord of Lords. There will be those who will try to rise up in rebellion, but they will be quickly revealed and punished for their sin.

Jesus will be a wonderful Counselor. This one truly intrigues me, because in my own bumbling way, this is what I do for a living. I give counsel.  I offer advice, encouragement, a better way to think; a biblical way to think. What I do, however, and all of those others who share my profession, will be like nothing compared to the incredible, perfect, wise counsel the world will receive from Jesus Christ. Every word that comes out of His mouth will be full of grace and truth, with no deceit at all. He alone can truly, always, speak the truth in love. How wonderful it will be to have a world ruler Who never lies, never deceives, is never unjust, and Who never abuses His power.

 

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