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And His name shall be called wonderful

 

“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).

In this Scripture, Isaiah prophesies by the Spirit of God concerning the birth of Jesus, the coming Messiah. The first adjective he uses to describe Messiah is “Wonderful.” A quick dictionary search reveals several meanings of the word: excellent, great, marvelous, causing wonder, amazing, magnificent, and glorious, to name a few. How true this proved to be through the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior! But the birth of Jesus itself doesn’t give us a complete picture of the plan of God’s redemption for mankind.

If Jesus was just born and that was the end of it, we wouldn’t have what the Bible calls the “Good News.” The Gospel of Luke tells us, “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” The good news is that God so loved the world He gave His only Son, not only in birth, but in His death, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).

Scripture tells us that we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s standards and are in need of a Savior, whereby we are justified by grace through the redemption of Jesus on the cross (Romans 3:23-24).

As we celebrate Christmas, let us not only revel in His glorious birth, as foretold by the prophet Isaiah. But let us rejoice in His death and resurrection, for without His obedience to the cross, we would not have redemption and everlasting life! He is truly wonderful, magnificent, and great!

This is the complete Christmas story.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

 
 
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