“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa 9:6)
The prophet Isaiah called the coming Christ “the Wonderful Counselor.” All people have pain and struggles. Jesus understands the human soul. He knows what we are going through. We can come to His throne boldly to obtain mercy and to find grace to help in time of need. We can trust Him to listen to our problems and guide us in the right direction. Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor. He brings consolation through the power and love in His own life but also today through the Holy Spirit, who is called the Counselor in John 14:26.
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation. (Eph 2:14)
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He is our peace. He made peace by the blood of His cross and reconciled men and God. He broke down barriers between men. He is a great peacemaker.
I walked towards my gate 10 minutes before boarding time. Most of the waiting area was full as I searched for a vacant seat. Eventually I spotted one on a corner and sat down, letting out a sigh of release. In less than 2 hours I would be back in Norcal, getting ready to go to bed.
I glanced over at the middle-aged woman sitting in front of me. She was reading what was unmistakably the Bible. Should I try to preach to her? Do I have the courage to talk to her? I was scared to try, but my mind was telling me that this was an opportunity, and that when it comes to preaching, we need to go beyond our comfort zone. I also had a TJC pocket calendar on me for this very purpose.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)
Our outward appearance and persona may be deceiving people. But how can that be? When we see someone nicely dressed, we naturally are more fond of them and create positive impressions in our mind. We associate them with virtues that may or may not be there. On the other hand, we naturally have a more negative impression towards people who don’t look nice. If we are someone on the receiving end of positive impressions, that would probably make us feel good about ourselves. That in itself is natural and neutral.
“Which he will display at the proper time–he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” (1Tim 6:15 ESV)
Jesus Christ is sovereign. His birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension prove that He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He shoulders the responsibility of governing the people, and His rule extends into human hearts. The titles He bears characterize this new kingdom of Jesus’ dominion. He will be called “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”.