Summary: Series on the birth of Christ
“His Name Shall Be Called, 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.
Four weeks from today we will be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I believe that I am safe in saying that no other person has ever influenced the world like this single solitary life. Although He was born to poor parents and lived the majority of His life in an obscure village in Palestine, and died at an early age, condemned as a blasphemer of God and a traitor to Rome, this one man has done more to change the world than all the books that have ever been written, more than all the armies that have ever marched, more than the influence of all the accumulated knowledge of mankind, more than any other thing, this one man, Jesus of Nazareth has changed the world. In His hands there is more power than all the atomic bombs in all the world combined. In His mind rests all the wisdom of the ages. In His heart there is a love so great that it defies explanation. On His shoulders He bore the weight of the sins of the whole world. Never has there been a man like the god man Jesus Christ! In chapter seven, verse 14 the prophet writes, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Matthew translates for us in Matthew 1:23 “…and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” It is not important whether we view verse six as one name or several. Isaiah’s purpose is show that all these names are applicable to Him. Let’s examine the first one this morning; He is the “…wonderful, counselor…” The first word Wonderful declares that this child is “marvelous, miraculous, while the second Counsellor has been sometimes joined with ‘wonderful,’ as if designed to qualify it thus - “wonderful counselor;” but it expresses a distinct attribute, or quality. The name “counselor” here, éåòõ yû‛ēts, denotes one of honorable rank; one who is suited to stand near princes and kings as their adviser. It is expressive of great wisdom, and of qualifications to guide and direct the human race. The Septuagint translates this phrase, ‘The angel of the mighty counsel.’ What can we learn about this “child” from this first compound name?
I. The Wonder
For the Messiah was wonderful in all things. It was wonderful love by which God gave him, and by which he came; the manner of his birth was wonderful; his humility, his self-denial, his sorrows were wonderful; his mighty works were wonderful; his dying agonies were wonderful; and his resurrection, his ascension, were all suited to excite admiration and wonder.