Wonderful Counselor

And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor..." Isaiah foresaw that when God's Son, Jesus, came to dwell among us one of the things they would discover about Him would be summed up in the title Wonderful Counselor. It was not a formal name, but an accurate description of what He was like. Have you made that discovery? 

Elisha Albright Hoffman (1839-1929) was a Presbyterian minister who composed over 2,000 hymns and edited over 50 song books. The son of an evangelical minister, Hoffman grew up singing sacred hymns both in church and in the home with his parents. After a very brief stint in the Union Army during the Civil War he attended Union Seminary and was ordained to the ministry in 1868. He pastored several churches in the Midwest. One of his pastoral practices was to visit those who were destitute. The story is told that on one occasion he visited a home which had seen much sorrow and suffering. He found the mother of the home in the depths of despair. Hoffman tried to console her with verses of Scripture, but that seemed to be fruitless. Finally, he simply suggested to her that she could do nothing better than take all her sorrows to the Lord Jesus. "You must tell Jesus," he counseled her. She thought about that for a few moments and then her face lightened up and she cried, "Yes, I must tell Jesus." Hoffman went home and reflected on that encounter and wrote a well-loved hymn, "I Must Tell Jesus." The first verse and chorus go like this: 


I must tell Jesus all of my trials;

I cannot bear these burdens alone;
In my distress He kindly will help me;
He ever loves and cares for His own.
Chorus:
"I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
I cannot bear my burdens alone;
I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
Jesus can help me, Jesus alone."


Have you experienced Jesus as your Wonderful Counselor who bear all your burdens? Perhaps this meditation on Jesus as the Wonderful Counselor will be joy-filled discovery or rediscovery for you!


Our text comes from Isaiah 9. Read verses 1-7, and we'll focus on verse 6.

1. Counselors can be anyone who offers us counsel or advice, or comfort or perspective. They can be family members, friends or professionals. How would you describe a good counselor? 

2. Our text in Isaiah tells us that when people would encounter Jesus they would find Him to be a "Wonderful Counselor!" Why do you think that was?

3. What does this title for Jesus suggest about us?

4. Look up the texts of Scripture listed below and note what they reveal about Jesus that might shed some light on why He is the "Wonderful Counselor": 
* John 1:14, 18
* John 2:24-25
* Mark 2:5-8
* Mark 1:21-22, 27
* Mark 10:2-9
* Mark 1:40-41
* Luke 20:21
* John 8:12
* John 10:11-15
* John 11:33-36
* Luke 22:31-32
* John 14:15-16, 26
* Mark 10:45

5. What did you learn? Why would people call Him a Wonderful Counselor?

6. Let's consider a couple of passages from the Book of Hebrews. Read Hebrews 2:14-18 and 4:14-16. What kind of counselor is Jesus? 

7. What has been your experience with I Peter 5:6-7? Have you found this to be easy or hard to do? Why? 

8. Have you experienced Jesus as the "Wonderful Counselor?" If so, how? 

9. In what ways do you need Him to be the Wonderful Counselor to you right now?

10. What is one thing the Lord would have you share with someone else from this meditation this week?

God be with you, and I hope to see you on Sunday!

Dan


I Must Tell Jesus

I must tell Jesus all of my trials;
I cannot bear these burdens alone;
In my distress He kindly will help me;
He ever loves and cares for His own.

I must tell Jesus all of my troubles,
He is a kind, compassionate Friend;
If I but ask Him, He will deliver,
Make of my troubles quickly an end.

Tempted and tried, I need a great Saviour,
One who can help my burdens to bear;
I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus,
He all my cares and sorrows will share.

O how the world to evil allures me!
O how my heart is tempted to sin!
I must tell Jesus, and He will help me
Over the world the vict'ry to win.

Chorus:
"I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
I cannot bear my burdens alone;
I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
Jesus can help me, Jesus alone."