Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Pala (Hebrew) or wonderful: something uncommon or out of the ordinary. It is something lying outside of the realm of the expected. The second part of this name counsellor is used here in the context of the picture of a king’s counsel to his people. Micah 4:9 says: ‘Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in your midst? Has your counsellor perished?’ We are not like this, we always have a wonderful counsellor available to us.
Isaiah 28:29 acknowledges, ‘This also comes from the Lord of Hosts, who has made His counsel wonderful and His wisdom great.’ And over in Isaiah 11:2: ‘And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.’ Isaiah wrote about Jesus 800 years before He came to earth, to remind the Israelites that the Messiah was coming and that He would start His Kingdom (Isaiah 9:6–7). He offered them hope. Hope was especially needed at that time because the Assyrians were taking captives as they conquered large areas.
Jesus demonstrated His wisdom and His ability to know people. Paul wrote that Jesus knows all wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3). Beyond the prophesied title, Jesus demonstrated how wonderful He is through his miracles, through His teaching and through His perfect life. Then after suffering an agonising death, he rose again three days later. What could be more wonderful! Jesus is our Wonderful Counsellor, who loves each of us (1 John 4:19). He brings true wisdom into our lives, beyond human understanding. He shows us that in our weakness we find strength, in surrender we experience victory and ultimately in death we find life.