Posted by: hjelen87 | December 23, 2010

Wonderful Counselor

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve written!!  Well I made it through my first semester, including finals, and we’ll see how successful I was when grades come out, which won’t be until late January or early February.  Finals time was much busier than the rest of the semester, hence my lack of blog posts.  But now I’m home, which is really nice!  It’s great to see friends and family who I haven’t seen in awhile (although it feels like it’s only been a few weeks!).  And I am getting some well-needed rest, although I’ve spend a good chunk of my time here working on applying to jobs for next summer…the law school responsibilities never end.

In honor of Christmas, I thought I’d reflect a little on one of the things that Jesus is often called-Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6-“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”).  “Counselor” can mean a lot of different things, and most people usually think of a counselor as like a psychologist, someone who listens to your problems and gives advice.  But attorneys are also called counselors, and Jesus fits that role in a few ways.

First, attorneys as counselors give advice about legal problems, helping their clients through hard times.  Jesus does the same thing, if you allow Him to.  He will help you through tough times, and through the Bible and other people, He will give you advice about what to do in those troubled times.

The other important way that Jesus is like an attorney is that He represents us before the judge.  God is the ultimate Judge.  Satan is the prosecutor, throwing constant accusations at us.  But thankfully, we have Jesus as our defense attorney, representing us.  And He not only stands before the Judge and speaks about why we should not be punished, but in the end, He offers to take our place.  Because the truth is, we deserve punishment.  God is just and we are sinful, and therefore we should be punished.  But Jesus offered to stand in our place.  He took the punishment for us and in the process wiped our slate clean, so that now we can be pronounced innocent.  It no longer matters what the prosecutor says about us-we are free because of our Wonderful Counselor.  And that is what Christmas is really all about-Jesus was born for the purpose of representing us and standing in our place, so that we can go free.

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