We're thankful for this Lord's Day that we have this opportunity to come together to sing songs of praise to Him, to worship Him in these songs, and to be able to preach the message of the gospel. We sometimes sing a song in our songbooks, number 861, His Name is Wonderful.
His Name is Wonderful. His Name is Wonderful.
His Name is Wonderful. Jesus. My Lord.
He is the mighty king, master of everything.
His name is wonderful. Jesus. My Lord. — Audrey Mieir
We think about the name of Jesus. We extol Jesus on this Lord's Day. The day we come together to not only recognize the sacrifice he made upon the cross to partake of that Lord's suffering but to remember all that he did and all that he taught.
We honor him today and every day, every Lord's Day. We honor him. He should Be the first and foremost thought on our minds and our hearts every day of the year and every day of the week But especially on the Lord's day.
We think about the name of Jesus. What a name and what a reason we have to rejoice. We're going to be looking at a moment in Isaiah chapter 9.
Remember that Isaiah writes to Israel about 700 years before the birth of Christ. He writes during a very dark time in the history of Israel. And, in fact, his prophecy in just the eighth chapter foretells the destruction that is going to come upon the nation of Judah, the nation of Israel because of their sins.
It is a very harsh message, at times. And yet, at other times, and sometimes just right in the middle of a harsh message, he will break forth a joyous prophecy about the Messiah. And that's what we find here in chapter 9. You know, in chapter 8, he foretells a time that would be dark and dismal.
- 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, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." — Isaiah 9:6
You know Isaiah in the middle of speaking about unpleasant things in the history of Israel speaks of the Messiah and essentially gives Israel and all of mankind a reason to rejoice. Now much of the world, certainly during the month of December rejoices in the birth of the Savior. Now while it is the case that we as New Testament Christians do not celebrate Christmas as the birth of the Savior, we don't celebrate it as a religious holiday, but we still rejoice in the fact that He was born.
In reality, Jesus is the reason to rejoice, and not just on December 25th, but every day of the year. And so, Isaiah rejoiced that there was a coming Savior unto us, a Child is born, a Son given. He gives these Wonderful names of this Messiah, these wonderful titles.
I've heard the praise that a picture paints a thousand words. In scripture, a name paints a thousand words. A person's name described who he or she was or is. It describes her character or his character or personality.
You think about people like Peter. He was given the name Peter, Petra a rock. There's a lot of connotation to that. And you can see a lot of that in the life of Peter. Think about like Barnabas, given the surname Barnabas, he son of consolation. Again, describes the kind of person he is.
And so, oftentimes these names that are given in Scripture are descriptive of the character or the personality. Of the one given the name and so when you look at the the magnificent names given to Jesus to the Savior of the world Describing his work and so I want to look at each one of these beginning with wonderful His name shall be called wonderful the idea of wonderful carries with it the idea of extraordinary It is something that is beyond You know human experience up to this point.
The Wonderful Names of Jesus
- He saved us FROM our sins.
- Romans 5:6-10
- Romans 6:23
- He saved us FOR an inheritance.
- Ephesians 1:11
- Titus 3:7
- He saved us WITH His own blood.
- Acts 20:28
- 1 Peter 1:18-19
“A Wonderful Savior is Jesus is my Lord, A wonderful Savior to me…” — He Hideth My Soul, Fanny Crosby
- Counsels what is best for His people.
- Exoodus 18:19
- Psalm 16:7
- Counsels through the Word.
- Psalm 119:24
- Psalm 1:1-2
Oh! If we all would just heed the counsel of our Lord!
- John affirmed this fact, by inspiration.
- John 1:1-3; 14
- Jesus claimed to be equal with the Father.
- John 10:30
- Thomas knew that Jesus was Divine.
- John 20:28
Truly Jesus is Divine, God visited mankind in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ.
- Implies His continuous existence.
- Colossians 1:16-17
- Jesus spoke of His eternal natures.
- John 8:58
- He is “Alpha & Omega.”
- Revelation 1:8
Jesus always WAS, IS, and always WILL BE!
Prince of Peace
- We have peace with one another.
- Ephesians 2:13-14
- We have peace within ourselves.
- Philadelphia 4:7
- We have peace with God.
- Romans 5:1-10
Know Jesus, know peace. No Jesus, no peace!
Reasons to Rejoice
- As our Wonderful Counselor, we can seek Him.
- As our Mighty God, we can rest in Him.
- As our Everlasting Father, we can run to Him.
- As our Prince of Peace, we can find real peace in Him.
That grace is offered to you, but you must accept it on God's terms. And His terms aren't that difficult. But we must believe in Christ, we must believe that He is the Son of God, certainly. And based upon our belief, and knowing that we're going to face judgment, we need to repent of our sins, Acts chapter 17:30 says, "The times of this ignorance God winked at, but now commendeth all men everywhere to repent." We must repent of our sins. Turn away from sin. And be willing to confess our belief. And not be ashamed of the name of Christ and then to be baptized for the remission of your sins. Romans 6:3-4 says "Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father Even so, we should also walk in newness of life," be baptized, have our sins washed away so that we can walk in the newness of life.
And then, we need to live each day being faithful to God, remaining faithful to Him. Revelation 2:10 says, "Be thou faithful to death, and I will give thee a crown of life."
We urge you, if you've never obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ, to obey it today, to become a Christian today. If you're a Christian has not been faithful, we urge you to come back and to repent today.
If we can help you to respond to the invitation of our Lord, please contact us so we can assist you.