FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 7/31/2013
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 7/31/2013
NO WONDER THEY CALL HIM WONDERFUL! Lesson 10b
He IS WONDERFUL IN HIS HONOR
The Honor Of His Position - We are told that “the government shall be upon His shoulder”. This phrase encompasses two great truths.
First, this “son that was given”, Who died on the cross, would rise again! And, that’s just what He did, (Matt. 28:1-6).
Second, this phrase takes us many years into the future when this risen One comes again to this earth to take His believers to glory!
The second advent of Jesus is in view here. He is returning to this world, not as “the Lamb of God”, but as “the Lion of the tribe of Judah”. He is returning, not to die but to reign; not to suffer, but to put down evil and to rule the world!
The first time, He came as a Savior to die; the next time, He will come as a King to conquer, (Rev. 19:11-16). Many reject Him today, but one day, they will all bow at His feet, (Rom. 14:12; Phil. 2:9-11). Even those men who said, “We have no king but Caesar”, (John 19:15), will bow before Him in His honor and exaltation in that day!
May we never forget Who He is! He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! Has He been enthroned as Lord and King in your life?
The Honor Of His Person - Notice that Jesus is given several names in this verse, but that the verse calls them by the singular noun “name”. Why is this? I think it is because He is all these things at the same time! In His name, we find out more about Who He is!
He Is Wonderful - This word means Supernatural, Secret and Extraordinary, ( Judges 13:18). This name points out the truth that there is nothing common about Jesus, He is the Miracle man! He is so far beyond our level of comprehension that we can never figure Him out, yet He can be known by a little child! He is Wonderful!
He Is Counselor - This word means “to advise, counsel, purpose, devise and plan.” It refers to His role as the leader and guiding force of our lives. He is wonderfully qualified for this job.
He had the age and experience – (Dan. 7:9; Heb. 4:15).
He has the knowledge – (Acts 1:24; 1 John 3:20).
He has the education – (Isa. 40:13-14).
His price is right – (Isa. 55:1).
He is always available – (Matt. 28:20; Heb. 13:5).
He always gives perfect advice – (Hos. 14:9; Psa. 19:7-8; John 16:13).
His motives are always pure – (1 Pet. 5:7).
He is the Mighty God - This word means “Hero! It refers to one Who is strong, mighty and invincible.” He alone is worthy to be our Hero for He has defeated all our enemies.
Death - 1 Cor. 15:55 (Ill. He is the first fruits from the dead – (1 Cor. 15:20).
Sin – (Rom. 6:14); He brought salvation to all men – (Heb. 7:25; Rom. 10:13).
The Grave - Matt. (28:1-6).
Eternity – (John 10:28).
Everlasting Father - He is “everlasting”! There has never been a time when He was not and there will never be a time when He will not be! He is the great “I AM”! By the way, if you are saved, your life is tied to His and you will live only as long as He does, which is forever! This verse also says that He is our “Father”. This word means “Producer or generator.” In other words, He is our source! He brought us into being and He sustains our lives by His power. He fulfills His role as our Father by:
Loving us – (Jer. 31:3; Rom. 8:38-39).
Supporting us – (Psalm 18:35; Deut 33:27).
Sustaining us – (2 Tim. 1:12).
Comforting us – (John 14:16-18).
Providing for us – (Luke 12:32; Matt. 6:25-33; Phil. 4:19).
He is the Prince of Peace - This phrase refers to the fact that He will rule His kingdom in peace. How can He do this? He is the creator and provider of peace. And, those who know Him know all about peace, (John 14:27; John 16:33a; Phil. 4:7). He provides peace with:
God – (Eph. 2:16 – Reconciled)!
Self – (Phil. 4:7; John 14:27).
Others – (Rom. 12:10; 18).
When all of this is taken together and considered I just have to say: “No wonder they call Him Wonderful!”
Conc: In John chapter 4 we are told of a woman who met Jesus at a well one day. She went away from that well, ran into the city and she invited the men of that place, to “Come see a man.” All of her life she had been looking for Mr. Wonderful and she had finally found Him! Well, He is wonderful and here’s why:
He is a Physician Who never loses a case.
He is a Captain Who never loses battle.
He is a Teacher Who perfectly teaches every student.
He is a Preacher Who always preaches the right message.
He is a Musician Who always plays the right note.
He is an Artist Who never misses a stroke.
He is a Savior Who completely saves all who come to Him.
He is a Master Who always leads in the right direction.
He is a Friend Who sticks closer than a brother.
He is a Counselor Who always give the right advice.
If you know Jesus as your personal Savior, then you know why they call Him Wonderful! Maybe you would just like to come before Him today, reaffirm your commitment to Him and express you thanks and gratitude to Him for His blessings in y our life. If you don’t know Him and have spent your life looking for Mr. Wonderful, then look no farther, for you have come face to face with Him right here! If you will come to Him, you can be saved and you will know why they call Him wonderful!
Well, it’s no wonder they call Him Wonderful! You know why! Do you have business with Him?
Micah 4:5 (New International Version (NIV)
5 All the nations may walk
in the name of their gods,
but we will walk in the name of the Lord
our God for ever and ever.
“Heavenly Sunlight” By: H. J. Zelley (1899)
1. Walking in sunlight all of my journey,
Over the mountains, through the deep vale;
Jesus has said, I’ll never forsake thee—
Promise divine that never can fail.
Heavenly sunlight! Heavenly sunlight!
Flooding my soul with glory divine;
Hallelujah! I am rejoicing,
Singing His praises, Jesus is mine!
2. Shadows around me, shadows above me
Never conceal my Savior and Guide;
He is the light, in Him is no darkness,
Ever I’m walking close to His side.
3. In the bright sunlight, ever rejoicing,
Pressing my way to mansions above;
Singing His praises, gladly I’m walking,
Walking in sunlight, sunlight of love.
Glorious Father, Gracious God!
May we hear, know, listen and obey Your Word always. May we do the right thing for the right reason in the right way at the right time always. We are grateful that You are the Good Shepherd who guides , protects, loves, and shows faithfulness to each and every one of us. Restore unto us the joy of Your salvation and uphold us with Your Spirit. This we ask and pray in the blessed name of Jesus our Lord. Amen!
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