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He Is - Wonderful Counsellor
At advert we anticipate the arrival of the promised King and one of the descriptions used by Isaiah about who this king would be is ‘wonderful counsellor’. Jesus would be a supernatural source of extraordinary wisdom. He would be good news to those in need and filled with the Holy Spirit would demonstrate the Kingdom at work through his wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength and knowledge.
He Is - Love
There is so much to say about the love of God but what is even more amazing, is that God is love. John shows us the love of God in His identity (‘God is love’), in His incarnation (‘God sent his only son into the world’), and in His initiation of relationship with us (‘not that we loved God, but that he loved us’). God is love. We get to enjoy that love today knowing the nothing can ever separate us from it.
(1 John 4:8-10, Romans 8:31-39)
He Is - Good
God is good by definition, and that means wherever you find goodness, you will God. Even with a good God, who is sovereign over everything and has the control over all things, bad things still happen, and good people still suffer. However, God is always good and that means if God has done something that it is good. We may not understand why God has done it, but we can be confident based on Scripture and our experience, that God is good, let us taste and see.
(Psalm 34:8, Genesis 1:31, Mark 10:18)
He Is - King of Kings
When Jesus returns, He will no longer be the one who humbly rode a donkey into Jerusalem but triumphantly riding a horse. The world will encounter a sovereign King with a passion for righteousness and a desire to vindicate those who have suffered for His name. This is the king we follow and to who, one day every knee will bow.
(Revelation 19:16, 1 Timothy 6:15, Philippians 2:10-11)
He Is - Judge
God is the one who both gives the law and administers judgement. The Bible makes it clear that the wage of our sin is death, and our judgement awaits us. Isaiah understands God is judge but also knows God is the king who will save us. We can run to our judge knowing that He is just, but that punishment has been poured on Jesus on the cross.
(Isaiah 33:22, Psalm 50:6, James 4:12)
He Is - Merciful
God throughout scripture shows us that despite our rebellion, He is relentless in His pursuit of us. God continually shows His people His mercy not because of our actions but despite our actions as He reveals His goodness, His gentleness and His tenderness to us. This mercy is ultimately shown through Jesus’ sacrifice, and we find that because of this mercy, we find forgiveness and grace poured into our lives.
(Romans 9:15-16, Luke 1:78, Exodus 34:6-7, Philippians 2:7)