Bethany Lutheran Church

Honest Christmas | Honest Counselor

November 30, 2022 Pastor Martin Danner
Bethany Lutheran Church
Honest Christmas | Honest Counselor
Show Notes

One of the jobs of a therapist is to see things from the perspective from their client. To understand why they experience the thing that they do but it is imperfect because a therapist can’t literally become like the other person. In a similar way the High Priest came to the aid of the people to approach God. Always understanding but never fully being. That is until Christ the wonderful counselor stepped into our reality to become like us to bring a new kind of healing and peace.

Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)
For to 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 Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Hebrews 2:16-18 (The Message)
It’s obvious, of course, that he didn’t go to all this trouble for angels. It was for people like us, children of Abraham. That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed.