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His Name is Wonderful 

“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 mighty God,

The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”

(Isaiah 9:6, KJV)

Here God speaks through the prophet Isaiah about the birth of a boy. He is also called a son. These are the special things about him:

  • The government shall be upon his shoulder:
  • His name shall be called Wonderful,
  • Counsellor,
  • The mighty God,
  • The everlasting Father,
  • The Prince of Peace. 

This prophesy shows so many supreme qualities and attributes that we learn he is not an ordinary boy. In fact, the prophet Isaiah was prophesying 750 years before about whom we now know as the Savior, eternal and everlasting King, the Lord Jesus Christ.

There are many names mentioned; the first is “Wonderful”…so let us contemplate on why the Lord Jesus Christ is wonderful.

  1. The Lord Jesus Christ is Wonderful.

The Lord Jesus Christ is “Wonderful” because He is an eternal Person or personality.

“Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world(1 Peter 1:20).

“The firstborn of every creature(Colossians 1:15).

“In the beginning was the Word(John 1:1).

Our Lord Jesus Christ is “Wonderful” because he is the image of God.

“Who is the image of the invisible God(Colossians 1:15).

“The express image of his person”(Hebrews 1:3).

“Who, being in the form of God”(Philippians 2:6)

Our Lord Jesus Christ is “Wonderful” because He is Creator. At the time of creation, Jesus Christ was with the Father.

“By whom also he made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:2).

“All things were made by him (John 1:3).

“For by him were all things created” (Colossians 1:16).

At the time of creation, the Son was with the Father:

      “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,

                  and the Word was God”(John 1:1).

The “Word” means, Son.

  1. His birth is Wonderful.

He was born through the virgin Mary; He was born by the power of the Holy Ghost (Spirit). Mary conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 1:18).

The prophets had prophesied about the birth of Jesus. Isaiah prophesied;

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14)

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:23).

The angel gave the news of His coming birth to Mary;

“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth; To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God(Luke 1:26-30).

“And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:31-33).

“Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:34-35).

“And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her” (Luke 1:36-38).

And to Joseph;

“Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost, And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins’” (Matthew 1:19-21).

To the shepherds;

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger”(Luke 2:9-12).

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child” (Luke 2:13-17).

“And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds” (Luke 2:18).

“But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).

“And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them” (Luke 2:20).

And the stars to the wise men:

“When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was” (Matthew 2:9).

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:10-11).

On hearing of Jesus’s birth, king Herod felt threatened; concerned that his throne would be taken away. Therefore, he ordered that all the male children in Bethlehem and in its surroundings, up to the age of two years were to be killed.

“And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son” (Matthew 2:13-15).

“Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men” (Matthew 2:16).

In fact, the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ was that God came into this world with a human body. God incarnated (in the flesh): He who was perfect God, became a perfect Man for the salvation and atonement of the human race.

  1. His teachings and miracles are Wonderful

When the Lord Jesus Christ started His ministry, people were astonished by His teaching:

“And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matthew 7:28-29).

He taught amazing and wonderful principles:

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”  (Matthew 5:44).

The scholars of the Law were also astonished by the answers of Jesus Christ:

“And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers” (Luke 2:47).

Jesus knew the condition of the heart. Beforehand, Jesus knew the circumstances and the situation of the Samaritan woman:

“Jesus saith unto her, ‘Go, call thy husband, and come hither.’ The woman answered and said, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said unto her, ‘Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.’ The woman saith unto him, ‘Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet’”

 (John 4:16-19).

 He also knew about Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus and had Him arrested:

“And he answered and said, ‘He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me’” (Matthew 26:23).

Jesus warned Peter in advance that he would deny Him thrice before the cock crowed:

“Jesus said unto him, ‘Verily I say unto thee, that this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice’” (Matthew 26:34).

 

All the miracles of Jesus were wonderful…turning water into wine:

“Jesus saith unto them, ‘Fill the water pots with water’. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, ‘Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast’. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was (but the servants which drew the water knew); the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, ‘Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now’” (John 2:7-10).

“This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him” (John 2:11).

Jesus walked on the water:

“So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid” (John 6:19).

He fed the five thousand:

“And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten” (John 6:10-13)

“Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, ‘This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world’” (John 6:14).

He raised Lazarus who had been dead four days:

“And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, ‘Loose him, and let him go’” (John 11:44).

He cast out demons:

“And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, ‘What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.’” (Luke 4:36).

And He healed lepers:

“And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, ‘I will: be thou clean’. And immediately the leprosy departed from him” (Luke 5:13).

The Lord Jesus Christ performed many more miracles which made people astonished.

  1. His salvation is Wonderful.

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

We receive this priceless and precious salvation free of cost, by the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. By His death and resurrection, when a person believes in Him and confesses his sins and forsakes them, he is saved. Jesus suffered for our sins on the cross. He alone finished the work of our salvation through His death.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

 “…and without shedding of blood is no remission…” (Hebrews 9:22).

The prophet Isaiah prophesied about the death of the Savior, he wrote.

“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” (Isaiah 53:5).

Simeon took Jesus up in his arms and said,

“For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all” people;(Luke 2:30-31).

This whole world is in the grip of the evil one, only the Son of God, Jesus Christ, can deliver man   from the hand of the evil one and grant him salvation.

“…we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness” (1 John 5:19).

“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life” (1 John 5:20).

This salvation is wonderful because it is priceless and precious.

For the remission of sins, the precious blood of the blameless Lamb was shed.  In spite of this great cost, this salvation is free for all.

  1. His death and resurrection are Wonderful.

The purpose of the Lord Jesus Christ’s birth is fulfilled in His death and resurrection. His death and resurrection are wonderful. In the Old Testament there are prophesies of His suffering, death, and resurrection.

In Psalm 22, there is the prophecy of his suffering and crucifixion:

“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand” (Isaiah 53:10).

“He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isa 53:11-12).

 

We see the prophesy of His resurrection;

“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption” (Psalm 16:10).

The Lord Jesus Christ gave this statement prior to his death; He spoke about the temple of His body:

“Jesus answered and said unto them, destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19).

“But he spake of the temple of his body” (John 2:21).

His death was wonderful because it did not become the cause of sadness, hopelessness or loss, but it became the source of eternal life for mankind. He destroyed the sting of death.

“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept”(1 Corinthians 15:20).

“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’” (1 Corinthians 15:54).

His victory was certain over death. He not only raised the dead but on the third day, He defeated death and with a great power was raised from the dead. His resurrection is also wonderful. The angels gave the news of His resurrection to the women who came to the grave.

“And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on…” (Luke 23:54).

“He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee” (Luke 24:6).

His resurrection is not an imaginary story, it is not a myth. He was seen by His disciples until He was ascended to heaven.

  1. His ascension is Wonderful.

“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, ‘Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11).

“To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3).

With certainty; His ascension is wonderful.

  1. His judgment is Wonderful.

After His ascension, the angels said He will come back in the same manner… he will not come as a babe again to the manger:

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Revelation 1:7).

He will come back to earth as King and Judge of the whole world. He will give prizes, crowns, and rewards to His people. His judgment is wonderful because He will be the righteous Judge of the whole world.

“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:” (Matthew 25:31-34).

At that time all the kingdoms, courts, rulers and judges will have no value or position, and Lord Jesus Christ will judge them.

“And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:3-4).

“Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel” (Psalm 2:9).

“Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him” (Psalm 2:10-12).

Dearly beloved: For unto us a child is born…

May our God and Father grant us grace to accept Him; Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace… from the depths of our hearts, and to do His will in our lives.

Merry Christmas!

Blessings.