Summary: Was Jesus Christ Wonderful as Isaiah foretold of Him? Was He wonderful in His birth, character, life, teachings, sufferings, and death? What about in His resurrection, was He wonderful then?
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His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful
By-Evangelist Gary Huckaby
(Preached At The Morning Service At Antioch Baptist Church Woodbury, Georgia, 6-8-2003)
Our Text comes from the prophet Isaiah in chapter nine and verse six.
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 mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Over the years times have changed in many ways. In history names had a greater significance that they seem to today.In all areas of business, labor, the military nearly every person has had a nick name which often is closer to the real person, than their family name. All of our family names have come from something that was important.
In the Bible there are 256 names given for the Lord Jesus Christ. Probably because that He is so infinitely more than any one name could ever express. I would like for you to look with me in this message at this the first name of Isaiah 9:6, and let us see if He is worthy of this name.
His Name Shall be called Wonderful!
Our text comes from the prophet Isaiah some 800 years before the birth of Jesus to this earth. But does this name fit the one born some 2,000 years ago? Was the prophet correct in calling one of His names as "Wonderful?"
Let us examine this name given Him to see if He fits this name.
Jesus Was Wonderful In His Birth
Normally a prince would be born in the finest of hospitals. Born is a place of luxury, born into pomp and comfort. A prince of this world would have had the best of everything, but this is not how God chose to come into the world. He chose the worst of conditions in which to condescend for the salvation of mankind.
Jesus had only one earthly parent, He was virgin born. The Holy Spirit brought about the miraculous birth of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He was born in the poorest section of the area, Bethlehem of Judea. No crowds watched for His arrival, even the shepherds had to be told to go and see Him. The Creator becoming a man, the God man, to provide for us the sacrifice, the only sacrifice that could take away sins. His own blood.
He was and is wonderful in his Birth.
Jesus Was Wonderful In His Character
His character was wonderful. No one has ever approached perfection as did Jesus Christ. It is wonderful that the greatest character ever produced should have come from Nazareth. He cane to bless, not curse, to heal, not to kill, to lift up the fallen, not to cast them down. He came to reveal the Father’s love, and to give rest to the weary.
That Christ came to earth at such a time as He did, to such a country as He came proves his Divinity, for no other as ever come to this world in such a way as He.
After visiting the city of His birth, one preacher said that only God would have chosen such a people as they, and such a country as Nazareth. The people there are still today just as lazy, selfish, lustful, and ignorant as they were when Jesus came some 2,000 years ago.
He is wonderful in His character.
Jesus Was Wonderful In His Life
His life was wonderful. Even His enemies could not find any fault in Him. Only that He claimed God for his Father, and that He would do good on the Sabbath day. There was not the slightest evidence that He was selfish or self centered. He was always helping others, and not once did He do anything for Himself. He would not even turn stone into bread, though He certainly could have when He was hungry after a forty day fast in the wilderness.
When escaping from His enemies, He stopped to help a blind man who had been in that condition since birth, doing so at the risk of his life. He never sought His own in any way, but always was helping others. He had compassion over Jerusalem as He wept over the people there. His first miracle was to save a peasant woman from humiliation at a wedding, and raised the daughter of one that cried unto Him for help. He cleansed ten lepers, and had only one to return to thank Him.
His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful! How a person could reject or refuse to receive such a person, I can not understand, you are just nuts to refuse His call to your soul and life.