Wonderful Counselor - Rev. Colleen Hurley-Bates (12-1-19)

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Advent is upon us! How joyous and expectant is this season of the church when we celebrate the coming of Christ into our world. In advent, we rejoice in how Jesus came as God to die for us, in how He comes to meet us now in our everyday life, and as we wait in expectation for Him to come again. In the four Sundays of Advent, we are going to be centered in on the names of our Messiah from Isaiah 9:6 where we read these familiar words: "For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Each week, we will be studying a scripture which shows the truth of how Jesus exemplified what each name signifies. This Sunday, we will study what it means that Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor, taking our cue from Hebrews 4. This is a passage about Jesus being our high priest who goes before us. He was in every way like us, yet without sin. This has eternal ramifications for us, which we will talk about as we partake of holy communion. What a fitting way to begin the Advent season. As we contemplate Christ's nature, our hope is to deepen our understanding of who we are in Him.

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