A wise counselor will send you to Jesus.
DECEMBER 23, 2020
A wise counselor will send you to Jesus. Let’s talk about it on Key Life.
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Thank you Matthew. If you were listening yesterday, we’re looking at Isaiah 9, where the four predicted names of the coming Messiah are given, and it’s a magnificent passage, but in that passage, He will be called or first Wonderful Counselor, second Mighty God, thirdly Everlasting Father,and finally the Prince of Peace. And we were talking about Wonderful Counselor yesterday and I was confessing, some of the sins of my early ministry. No, not that, your mind went the wrong place. I thought that I was God’s gift to the world. I had gotten a contract on a book and how many of my friends had gotten that? I thought if I use some common sense and the amazing training that I’d received in graduate school, there was hardly a problem that I couldn’t fix. Then I learned the truth, that I couldn’t fix the problems and only Jesus could, period. I have a fairly extensive prayer list and I may have told you this, but sometimes when I have some extra time, you know what I do? I picture myself, and you’re going to send me a letter saying I’m into the new age and should repent. No, I’m not. It’s a good way to pray for people. I picture myself in a cathedral and there’s not an alter, instead of an alter, Jesus is standing up front, where the altar is, and instead of telling Jesus the problems of all the friends, I pray for. They’re sitting in the congregation and I picture myself going out into the congregation, taking them by the hand up to Jesus, giving their hand to his hand and then getting out of the way. You say, you’re crazy. No, I’m not. You’d be surprised when I do that, the number of people that say, Hey, Brown, are you still bring for me? And I’ll say, yeah, I am. And they’ll say, well, keep it up, it’s working. What they are referring to is Jesus, who is the Wonderful Counselor. So many times I felt so helpless. Things were so bad. I didn’t know what to say. I simply wasn’t wise and I knew it. And I said, before we go any further, let’s stop and take this to Jesus. Steve, are you saying nobody should ever go to a psychological counselor or a psychologist or a psychiatrist? Of course not. They can be helpful sometimes, but if you’re a Christian, don’t forget that the Wonderful Counselor is Jesus himself. And, we saw that that passage in Isaiah could be translated as this supreme and supernatural fount of all wisdom. Guys, I’ve been doing this a long time and Christmas is a good time to remember the names of the coming Messiah. And in particular, what we’re talking about now, the Wonderful Counselor, who is Jesus. When he came, he didn’t just come to say nice things or to be a loving person, although he was and did. He didn’t come just to teach, though He did, but everything he taught can be found in the Older Testament, he came to die. And in his death and resurrection, he came to live and to be our friend. And so when Mary and Joseph, before they got instructions on exactly what they were to name Jesus, I’ll bet they thought, given what they had gone through of Isaiah 9. And Joseph said to Mary. Mary, you know, what would be a great name for our new baby? And she would say, what? And he would say, let’s call him Wonderful Counselor. And she would say, where did you get that? And he would say, God gave it to us in the scroll of Isaiah. As I said, I’ve been doing this for a long time, and sometimes I don’t know where to go, sometimes I don’t know what to say, sometimes it’s so bad I can’t fix it. As I record this, just last weekend, I was with some of the most beloved friends that I’ve ever had. The son of my friend took his own life and it was awful. He was gay. He struggled with a lot of issues, some bipolar issues it was hard. And there were about 25 of us there at a private service out in the woods, in the mountains of North Carolina. And I told God that morning, what in the world am I going to say? What’s. what can you do in a situation like that? This is so bad and nobody has the right answers for all of this. And then I remember Jesus and I talked about him and his redemption and his love and his death and his resurrection, and the fact that he said a part of the Wonderful Counselor, because I live, you will live also. In my Father’s Charles or many mansions, if it weren’t so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again and receive you under myself. It’s Christmas week, rejoice in the baby, but don’t forget, that He’s a Wonderful Counselor. You think about that. Amen. Well, it’s Wednesday and sometimes and certainly this week, I have a little extra time, and I’m going to answer a couple of Christmas questions. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and then Merry Christmas on Friday. And we’ve taken this week to look at the names of Jesus. But I thought maybe I would deal with one or two questions that you guys have sent, we love your questions. You can dial 1-800-KEY-LIFE, 24 seven, and record it. You can send your question to
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