There is so much beauty and majesty this time of year – from the colorful leaves to the pristine, white snow. It seems appropriate that the Savior of the world would be called the “Firstborn over all Creation”. Jesus did not first arrive as a baby in a manger. Jesus was not created but has always been. The Apostle Paul describes Jesus this way: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and by Him all […]
The Mighty God. The prophet Isaiah spoke of the coming Savior child to be born of a virgin, and said that he will be named Mighty God. (Isaiah 9:6) Isaiah is referring to two prophesies of different times – a child and a king.  We celebrate the birth of the child at Christmas, but we will celebrate again at the return of a mighty king who will restore and redeem. Isaiah gives us a hint of this Mighty God in his earlier prophesy: The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness. You have enlarged the nation and increased its joy. The people have rejoiced before You […]
Wonderful Counselor. Another word for counselor is advocate, and that is just what Jesus is. He is for you. He will fight for you. He wants you to succeed and have a fulfilling life. And He is our intercessor. He prays on our behalf to our Heavenly Father: Jesus said, “Simon, Simon, look out! Satan has asked to sift you like wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.”  (Luke 22:31-32) Like Simon Peter, even when we fail, Jesus is ready to help us up. He is a wise and wonderful counselor. A true friend who never leaves us. He promises to be with us in this life and to guide us home. The prophet Isaiah wrote about this […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study. Her stories of life, hope, and everyday faith show how we can experience real faith in our daily lives.