This week sees Mark Easie bring the second instalment of our series of blogs on the foretold descriptors of Jesus, as described in Isaiah 9.
“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, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 NKJV
His name will be called... Counsellor
In the times that we live in, with the demands and pressures placed upon our lives, it is no surprise that at times we need an outlet, some form of relief, whereby we can offload and express how we may be feeling. We also need a space in which can receive advice, direction and coping mechanisms/strategies to manage the complexities of life. Many people do this by paying someone who is deemed qualified and competent enough, in order to navigate us through our stresses and anxieties. Whilst many have had success in consulting with therapists, psychologists, counsellors and many others alike, they do not always have the answers we require. And so many will often spend time and money seeking answers and refuge to many issues, but never reaching a point of fulfilment.
So how about a man named Jesus, who according to the book of Isaiah was called Wonderful, Counsellor.
When it comes to the term Counsellor, the idea in Scripture is not primarily a person who listens. That’s a secular understanding. The biblical idea of counsel involves both careful listening and clear advising. It describes someone who is wise; someone who really knows how to live and will share that knowledge. The word counsellor means that Jesus is the sum total of all knowledge. This counsellor Jesus has all wisdom, all guidance, all direction, all truth and insight…He knows everything about everything and is never wrong.
Even those unspoken words which are difficult to verbalise, those secrets which nobody knows, those tears that we cry at night when no one else is around. This Counsellor knows your heart. He has all knowledge of the past, present and future, of all things, all purposes and plans belongs to Him.
If Jesus Christ is the Wonderful, Counsellor (and He is) most often his counsel is not going to come to you audibly from the source.
Not that Jesus doesn’t ever speak to people that way, however the more His people are immersed in Scripture and in community with other believers, the more clearly they can discern the mind of Christ. His counsel also comes through His Word and His people.
This counsellor Jesus is not only one who listens, but He goes a step further. He becomes an advocate. One who stands up for us when no else is willing to do so and all others have forsaken us and rendered our issues too complex to resolve.
So not just for this season but in all seasons, always remember that there is a counsellor, a wonderful Counsellor, who is free of charge, easily accessible, has all the answers, is able to carry all your burdens and has a good book (the Bible) that is a guide. He is more than qualified, more than competent, his name is JESUS.