Isa. 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.
Isa. 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,
The Wonderfulness of Jesus is that He introduces God to us as the One with whom all things are possible. Suddenly every dead end now has a way out. Hopelessness has been ransacked. And in Jesus Christ, anyone could now have the right to believe God loved him.
He removed the lid from our faith and instantly brought us into the world of infinite possibilities with God. Through Him we discovered a Father who is more than willing, He is eager, to manifest His power in favor towards those who worship Him. The willingness of God to manifest His mighty deliverance on our behalf is called wonderful because He does it out of His love as a Father. He’s not coaxed or bribed by our righteousness and promises. He’s not compelled by the desperation of our messes. But He is moved, as a Father, by the humblest petition of faith, from the heart of anyone who comes to Him as a child. That is truly wonderful news because it leaves room for anyone to qualify, regardless of their position and performance in life. That makes power available on the basis of love.
Now the worshipper of God is never stuck w/o a way out!
When the hurricane on Galilee was about to sink their boat
Mark 4:41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
When 5000 men (not counting the women and children) followed Jesus into the wilderness and became hungry, with no food to give them
Matt. 14:16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
Matt. 14:17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
Matt. 14:18 He said, Bring them hither to me .
Matt. 14:21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
In describing Jesus, Isaiah uses a Hebrew word for Wonderful that far transcends any notion of earthly goodness. For all earthly experiences of goodness are temporary and based upon the sifting sands of circumstance.
The word Isaiah called Jesus was, Miracle —miraculous limitless wonder.
(6382 Strongs). peh-leh; from 6381; a miracle:marvelous thing, wonder(-ful, -fully).
In other words, all the wonderful things that come in this life are subject to the changing conditions of this life. What is wonderful today will most certainly not last. What is wonderful one day in this life can dissolve the next, as circumstances change.
Your gesture of love can be accepted as wonderful one day. But the next day, when your spouse is in a different mood – in a different place – your goodness can become an irritation; simply because the conditions for your spouse have changed.
The cruel lesson of life is that its goodness is never enough, and becomes meaningless, because the perspective of people is ever shifting. Every family member and married person knows this to be true.
The Holiness Of God
But the wonderfulness of God is the product of His holiness, or ‘Otherness’. God is Other than His creation. He is not subject to His creation. He does not draw His inspiration from the world, but from His own nature. He is pure objectivity, safe within the perfection of His own nature of divine love and righteousness.
Mal. 3:6 For I am the Lord, I do not change; that is why you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.
His goodness does not depend upon conditions, but upon standards set by His own righteousness and love. This is wonderful news for us who are constantly disappointed by the changing conditions of all earthly loves.
Heb. 6:13 For when God made [His] promise to Abraham, He swore by Himself, since He had no one greater by whom to swear,
Heb. 6:14 Saying, Blessing I certainly will bless you and multiplying I will multiply you.
Heb. 6:17 Accordingly God also, in His desire to show more convincingly andbeyond doubt to those who were to inherit the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose and plan, intervened (mediated) with an oath.
Heb. 6:18 This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath]in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us,
Jesus is Wonderful because He is the payment of the Oath. Love’s manifest changelessness.
Heb. 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
The Omnipresence Of God
In His holiness (otherness) God is omnipresent. That is, He is not limited to the laws that confine His creation, such as time and space. That means that He is completely and personally attentive, through His presence, at all times. In other words He is not just an immeasurable lump of love. One who is so large that there is enough potent, love-packed pieces to go around for everyone, so that the piece you get will be big enough for you. But if God’s love is subject to the laws of creation, and measured in size, there’s always that remote possibility that your need just might be the one that’s beyond His allotment. There are always those people who fear that their mess is the ONE that will break the bank of God’s compassion.
No. Jesus is Wonderful because He is ever standing before you personally in His fullness. He is Jesus – The Wonderful to every person. Made wonderfully available to every person through the nature of His holiness.
It is literally His holiness that provides each of us with His full, personal, unhurried and undivided attention 24/7. This is the miracle quality of Jesus wonderfulness: that no shifting circumstance of an ever-changing world, can force Him to deviate from His Love. Even His judgment and chastening is controlled by His holiness (freedom from the worlds manipulations), and moved only by His perfect love. We are never dealt with according to our failures but according to His nature and plan.
Psa. 103:10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
Psa. 103:11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
Psa. 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Psa. 103:13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
He commands us to act on what His Love has given us. Jesus is Wonderful-Miraculous to us because He has imparted a love to us that lifts us beyond the limits of our failures, to receive His perfect fellowship, while we yet struggle against our outer circumstances.
1 Pet. 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
It is literally His holiness that enables us to receive perfect relationship within us while we work through our circumstances and imperfections without.
Phil. 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
A little girl asks her parent why the mangled flower, she has tried to pry open, can only be opened by God.
When God opens it, it’s perfect. But when I try I just ruin it, she says.
Then before they can respond she breaks in, I know. It’s because God opens it from the inside.
Tomorrow we will begin to look at another of the 5 descriptive names that God said Jesus would be known as. Until then…
Stay On The Path!