Isaiah 9:6 declared. “And He will be called Wonderful, a prophesy spoken about the Lord Jesus Christ many, many years before His birth”. And through the prophet God declares that the name of the Savior of the world, His eternal Son would be Wonderful. When my daughter was pregnant they had no desire to know the gender of their child. But they already chose some names depending on if they had a boy or a girl. The name of Jesus was given to Him thousands of years before His conception and birth. And what a name! Many of us have names that have nothing to do with our personalities. I have a friend named Philip, which means ‘lover of horses’ and he really is no lover of horses. My wife’s name is Doris, meaning ‘gift’. She is indeed God’s gift to me, but her parents really named her after a movie star. But the Son of God was given a name that tells us something about Him that was, and is, absolutely true. His name is Wonderful.
Now if we go back to the original Hebrew, we find that this name really describes Jesus. It refers to something amazing, spectacular, miraculous, something that is impossible made possible by the Lord. And God says through His prophet that He will be called Wonderful. And this refers to the fact that not only would He be called this at His birth and all through His life on earth, but that would be His Name forever. As long as the earth endures, as long as the sun and moon exist and the seasons change, His name will be Wonderful. He is the One who would break into the darkness of this world and shed His light upon it. He is the One who would lift up the heads of those bowed down in the dust. He is the One who would come to wipe the tears from our eyes and mend our broken hearts. He is the One who would come to break the power of sin over us, and restore us to a right relationship with God. He is the One who has come to release us from bondage and give us freedom.
Brothers and sisters, we live in a fallen world. We live in a world of sadness and gloom; in a world of wickedness and temptation; a world in which we see sickness and death, grieving and sorrow. This world that was created to reflect the glory of its Majestic Creator is now stained by man’s inhumanity to man. We may all be different in some way or another. But we all have this in common: we all were born with this thing called sin; we all are in need of a Savior; we all are destined to live out our lives on this earth and then die and stand before our Judge and Maker. And the only comfort we have- in life and in death, is that we have One who has come to make right what is wrong with us. We have One who has walked in our shoes, suffered as we suffer, was tempted as we are tempted and took upon Himself our sins on the cross. He is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the One that the Prophet Isaiah spoke about under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit when He said, He will be called Wonderful.
Brother or sister, perhaps you don’t know this Savior. Maybe you say I’ve never known Him. Maybe you say that I’ve done good so far on my own so why do I need Him now? Let me tell you that He knows you. He knitted you together in your mother’s womb; He held you in His arms in sickness and suffering; he loved you when you never deserved His love. And He stands ready to receive you, if you would pray in the belief that He is the True and Living God, the Savior of the world. As amazing as it may seem, Christ will never turn away the one who comes with a broken heart. His name is Wonderful. He is wonderful. Trust in Him, and He will be your comfort in life and in death.