A Prodigy

For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 (NASB)

“Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.”
Luke 2:46-47 (NASB)

“No one was able to offer Him a word in answer, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him any more questions.”
Matthew 22:46 (NASB)

The name Albert Einstein is known by almost everyone in western society. The image of an elderly man wearing a messy sweater, smoking a pipe, and having wild white hair is the most common image that comes to mind.

Einstein was one of the most brilliant scientists to ever live. His theories of special and general relativity published in 1903 and 1916 respectively, revolutionized our view of the universe. His prodigious output has never been contradicted by any scientific discoveries since his day. He was truly a prodigy.

When we read the Gospels, we quickly learn that our Lord was indeed a prodigy. This reality was clearly evidenced by the trip our Lord and His family made at Passover to Jerusalem when He was 12 years old. He was found in the temple surrounded by theologians engaged in a profound dialogue. His questions were perceptive and His answers to their questions amazed them.

As a travelling Teacher, in His early 30’s, our Lord’s brilliant words showed the listeners He was in a league by Himself. Many efforts were made to trip Jesus up in His teaching, but no one was able to do so.

One day the Pharisees and Sadducees ganged up on Him publicly—as recorded in Matthew 22—in an effort to prove Him to be foolish and unwise. It was their final attempt to verbally beat Him up. So thoroughly did He defeat their arguments that day that He caused them to give up arguing with Him for good.

Reader, you may fully trust the wisdom and teaching of the Lord Jesus and believe His promises.

The child in the manger in Bethlehem is the greatest prodigy who ever walked the earth. No counselor can ever match or exceed His wisdom.

Believer, come to your Counselor and learn new lessons in living for today and trust His promises for tomorrow. This Counselor waits to instruct you in the way everlasting, so come and come now.

O Master, let me walk with thee
In lowly paths of service free;
Tell me thy secret, help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.

Help me the slow of heart to move
By some clear, winning word of love;
Teach me the wayward feet to stay,
And guide them in the homeward way.

Teach me thy patience; still with thee
In closer, dearer company,
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
In trust that triumphs over wrong.

In hope that sends a shining ray
Far down the future's broad'ning way,
In peace that only thou canst give,
With thee, O Master, let me live.

-W. Gladden

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