Jesus Is.. // Wonderful Counselor
[Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, ECC Covington Campus]
- He understands us.
When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled. “Where have you put him?” he asked them. They told him, “Lord, come and see.” Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” (John 11:33-36 NLT)
Jesus was there with the family of Lazarus. And Jesus ‘felt’ with them. He was even angry at the death he saw. Death wasn’t the original design of God, but death entered at the fall of man. So Jesus was angry at sin..death. Jesus understood what the family was feeling.
And Jesus understands everything we feel too.
This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:15-16 NLT)
Jesus has faced all of the same temptations that we have. Jesus UNDERSTANDS us!
- He guides us.
Someone will counsel us. Someone will guide us. There are no lone rangers. We will listen to someone..who will it be?
Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.” Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” So they rolled the stone aside. (John 11:38-41a NLT)
Martha did not understand the counsel of Jesus. The facts looked solid. Everything looked just like it was over and Jesus was a fool. Sometimes the facts and circumstances look overwhelmingly against us but Jesus is working, guiding and counseling us. We just have to listen and obey.
- He heals us.
So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!” (John 11:41-44 NLT)
How many of us are bound up by sin? How many of us have a stone covering our impossible situation? Sometimes it is hard work to see a miracle. Jesus commanded them to roll the stone away. That wasn’t easy. Someone had to obey Jesus even when it looked ridiculous.
But Jesus is the healer. And if we believe that then we can follow and obey him.
Let’s take off the grave clothes. Let’s take off the masks. Let’s get real and submit to a real healer.
Jesus is MY wonderful counselor.
- Be honest about your struggles.
- Trust Jesus to guide you.