Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Isaiah 9:6  "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:  and the government shall be upon His shoulder:  and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The might God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace"

The prophet Isaiah, in his writing foretold the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Additionally he wrote about the life of Jesus, described the death of Jesus and prophesied the coming Kingdom of Jesus. Isaiah had a revelation of the many names of the Savior: Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

Today, in this blog, I am beginning a series of these descriptive names of Jesus that will take us through Christmas. Today's blog will deal with “...His name shall be called Wonderful...”.  This speaks of His person and work – speaks of the essence of who He is. Jesus is exceptional, distinguished, and without peer. He is both God and man. The Messiah is prophesied to be a spiritual wonder. He would show His character by His deeds and miracles. Yes, indeed, “His name shall be called Wonderful”!

Jesus was wonderful in His birth. Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” This was Isaiah's prophecy of the miraculous birth of the Savior.  Gabriel had a message for Mary (Luke 1:26-38). Mary was a bit confused by this prophetic message (Vs 29). Gabriel then gave her a reassuring answer (Vs 30).

The virgin birth was, without a doubt, a miracle! There was never one before and there has been none since. There were other miracles regarding the birth of Jesus, as well. The angelic appearances to Mary, Joseph and the shepherds. The taxing that brought them to Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). The arrival of the wise men (Matt 2). These were all a part of God's divine plan.  Don't try to explain away the miracles of Christmas!

Jesus was wonderful in His life. This wonderful baby born in a manger was a miracle, without question. But Jesus is no longer in a manger. His miraculous birth was only part of God's great plan. We no longer worship a babe in a manger. We worship the sinless Savior who gave His life for every man, woman, boy or girl who ever lived or will live – He laid down His life for you and me!

We worship the sinless Savior who meets people in crisis. He is like a hiding place from the wind. He is like a covert from the tempest. He is like rivers of water in a dry place. He is like the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. He will meet you in your crisis and deliver you!

Jesus was wonderful in His death (Isaiah 53). All die because of sin (Heb 9:27). Jesus was sinless and died for sinners. Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 53:4-5 “Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”

He died carrying our sorrows! He died in our place as our substitute. All our sins were laid on Him.
Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have tuned every one to his own way; and the lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all”
The Message “We're all like sheep who've wondered off and gotten lost. We've done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we've done wrong, on Him, on Him”

Jesus will be wonderful in His coming kingdom (Isaiah 35). The One who died and rose again will return again! When He comes to reign the promises to Mary will be fulfilled. “He shall reign forever and ever” (Luke 1:33) and “Of His Kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:33)

His name shall be called Wonderful” Is Jesus wonderful to you? Trust Him and you will find Him a wonderful Savior. Cast your cares on Him and He'll be wonderful to you. Leave your burdens at His feet and this wonderful Savior will take them. He will be as wonderful to you as you allow Him to be

Until next time...enjoy the journey!


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