Theologians At Lunch

Wonderful Counsellor: with Brian Harris

With Christmas upon us, we’ve been thinking of some of the titles given to Jesus. One of my favourites is found in the prophecy of Isaiah written over 700 years before the birth of Jesus. In Isaiah 9:6 we are told that a child yet to be born will be a “wonderful counsellor”. Think how strange that it. Isaiah is talking about the birth of a child – a baby. But this baby will be our wonderful counsellor. Since when has a baby been able to provide wise counsel? You have to do everything for babies – changing nappies, helping them burp, comforting them. How can Isaiah sense a wonderful counsellor in the child of Christmas?

Though we usually associate wisdom with age – in this prophecy Isaiah does the opposite. The child is the wise one – the wonderful counsellor. And so it turned out to be. And both shepherds and wise men from afar worshipped at his manger, sensing that the wisest counsellor the world had ever know, had just been born. His wisdom, can guide you.

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