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Wonderful

Seven hundred years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Prophet Isaiah  in Isaiah 9:6-7 gave an amazing prophecy concerning Jesus’  birth, giving five names that would identify and describe Him.

1. Wonderful

2. Counselor

3. Mighty God

4. Everlasting Father

5. Prince of Peace.

In this Christmas series on the five names of Jesus, we will examine each of these names.

Before we discuss these names, I want to take you back to a prophecy of Jesus’ birth in Isaiah 7:14.  Years before this prophecy was given,  the ten northern tribes of Israel, sometimes identified collectively as Ephraim, which was one of those tribes; was warring against the two southern Tribes of Israel: Benjamin and Judah,  known collectively as Judah. 

The prophecy was given to King Ahaz of Judah who was fearful and discouraged because Israel was coming to war against him.  Follow along with me in your Bible  at Isaiah 7:1.  Ahaz was being attacked by a confederation of two kings:  Pekah of Israel and  Rezin, King of Syria. Note that in spite of their superior size and power, they were not able to prevail against Judah.

Verse 2 tells us that The King of Judah, the tribe of the house of David, was moved in fear as the branches of  trees are moved by a wind storm.

In verse 3-9  God commanded His prophet, Isaiah, to comfort and encourage the fearful king of Judah to not fear for in a few short years, Israel would be conquered and scattered and dispersed. That took place in 721 BC when Israel was scattered by the Assyrians throughout the world.  Today they are still scattered after 2700 years; although some since 1948 have returned to their Homeland of Palestine.   One day all of them will be regathered back to Palestine again, but that’s another exciting story you can read about in my series on PROPHECY on this web site.

A WONDERFUL PROPHECY

In Isaiah 7:10-14 God offers to give King Ahaz a sign that would comfort and encourage him that God was with him.  Basically, God was offering him any sign he wished in the heavens or on earth.  Ahaz refused to accept a sign from God. Perhaps he thought that would be presumptuous, but actually he was showing unbelief in God.  So God gave him and the people of Judah a special sign, whether they wanted it or not.  That sign was that in the fullness of time, God would cause a young virgin woman who had never known a man sexually to supernaturally conceive and bear a son, whose name would be IMMANUEL, which means GOD  WITH US.  For more on this amazing prophecy, I encourage you to go to the link JESUS on this web site and scroll to The Virgin Birth and read of the amazing fulfillment of this prophecy and the meaning of it.

Then in Isaiah 9:1-7 Isaiah tells us more about this coming Messiah, who would be identified by five names: Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. 

Let’s consider now the first name, 

WONDERFUL.

This world and this universe is wonderful!  None but a fool can stand at the rim of The Grand Canyon and not be moved by our wonderful God.  None but a fool can peer into the universe from powerful telescopes or from a space capsule in outer space or from the peaks of the world’s highest mountains and be unmoved by our Almighty God and Creator of this earth and universe.

None but a fool can witness the birth of a baby and look into the eyes of that infant and not be moved to worship and adore God who brought that infant human being into this world.  Psalm 139 states that “we are fearfully and wonderfully made.”  Yes, we are fearfully and wonderfully made, but only God is Wonderful!

WE’RE HERO WORSHIPPERS

We are prone to focus on the wonders of men themselves.  We glory in their wonderful scientific discoveries and inventions. We think on the genius of man himself as  painter, musician, architect, builder, scientist, inventor, actor or outstanding statesman and stateswoman.  We dwell on the genius of their inventions and discoveries and on their works of art, but Samuel Morse who invented the telegraph had it right when he sent over the wires his first telegraph from Washington to Baltimore, “What hath God wrought!”

We think of some of the great spiritual giants of the past: Abraham, Moses, David,  Elijah and the Apostles, such as Peter, James John and Paul; or the men of the Reformation, such as Luther, Huss, and Wycliffe.   We glory in some of the missionary giants such as David Livingston, Hudson Taylor or William Carey.  Some of us glory in the church leaders of this generation who have built great churches and great radio and television ministries and we call them great.  Mankind is so prone to hero worship.  Even Christians fall into this trap.  

But no man or woman is worthy of that name WONDERFUL. All pale into insignificance when contrasted with our Wonderful Lord Jesus Christ. creator of the universe, the only begotten Son of God,  our Saviour and our God.

JESUS, AS THE WORLD SEES HIM

 

To the ungodly there is nothing wonderful about Jesus.   They see Him simply as an ancient misguided prophet/teacher who though He accumulated some followers, ended up making people angry and killing Him.

To the world the word wonderful is reserved for music super-stars, movie stars and sport’s heroes. We reserve the word for fun-filled, exciting experiences.  We are the center of our existence.  Anything that makes us feel good is wonderful.   We talk about having a wonderful time. For the average person, life is boring. You see it in the blankness and emptiness of the lost.  Only fun and  entertainment  and worldy success gives any meaning to life,  To the worlding life stripped of fun and entertainment is totally boring and  empty.  The average person lives for Fridays,  vacations and retirement.    What a sad, empty waste of a life!

TO THE CHRISTIAN, JESUS IS TRULY WONDERFUL!

 

His creation is wonderful!  As we stand on the rim of the Grand Canyon we are aware of His greatness and awesomeness and we think of Ephesians 3:17-21

At Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park we are made aware of God’s faithfulness to us and we think of Lamentations 3:21-23 and Hebrews 13:8.

At Niagara Falls we are made aware of His awesome power as spoken of in Ephesians 3:20-21

The Appalachian and Rocky Mountains remind us of Jesus’ eternality and majesty as spoken of in Psalm 90:1-2.

The oceans speak of His  might and sovereignty.  Psalm 104:5-9

Rivers, lakes, forests and fields speak of His abundant provision.

The rainbow speaks of His faithfulness and graciousness, God’s promise that He would never again send a worldwide flood.  Genesis 9:11-17, Lamentations 3:21-23

The Heaven’s speak of His infinite glory, Psalm 19

As we look into the face of a new born baby, we are reminded of God’s loving-kindness as we read of it in Psalm 139.

In Church we Christians sing of Jesus as our beloved Saviour and Friend.  “I am His and He is Mine”.  In the second stanza of that song we sing,

“Heaven above is softer blue,

Earth around is sweeter green,

Something lives in every hue,

Christless eyes have never seen.”

EVERYTHING ABOUT JESUS IS WONDERFUL!

 

His wonderful birth.  Luke 1:3-35

His wonderful life.  Matthew 21:14-15

His wonderful death for our sins. In Mathew 27:54 read the amazing words of the Roman Centurion who oversaw His execution on the cross.

His wonderful resurrection is recorded in John 20.

His wonderful return for His own is found in  I Thessalonians 4:13-18

His later return to this earth with His Church in great glory to reign.

II Thessalonians 1:7-10  and Revelation 1:7

SECRETS ABOUT OUR  WONDERFUL JESUS THAT OUGHT TO CAUSE US TO FALL DOWN IN WORSHIP BEFORE HIM.

 

1.  We share in His wonderful supernatural birth in our own supernatural new birth. John 1:12

2. We share in His wonderful death to our sinful self natures.  We die with Him. Romans 6:4-6

3. We share in His wonderful resurrection life that springs from our daily crucifixion with Him.  Galatians 2:20

4. And we will one day share in His bodily resurrection when Christ calls to catch us up to Heaven in what we call the rapture of the Church.

I Corinthians 15

May God thrill you with the wonder of knowing and being personally related to Jesus Christ now and forever through the new birth!

 

 

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December 25, 2010 - Posted by | Christmas Series

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