- Well, It Is In The Verse...Wonderful
Isaiah 9:6 Focus on the phrase, "His name is called Wonderful".
The word wonderful signifies the term "miracle" or something the created
could never accomplish. It is a work past the reach of the created. (Exodus
15:11, Psalm 78:14) Every miracle is wonderful, but not every wonderful thing
is a miracle. Christ is not only wonderful, but also a miracle, He is one
who is most wonderful. In fact, He is beyond the full comprehension of poor
sinners. So why is it, the first syllable of His name, wonderful, why this
one? Well, (here is a guess) whatever we know of things excellent, there
is still more, and we may know that these excellencies cannot compare to
what He is.
Truth: Christ, who is presented and given to us from the Father for our King,
is, and is known as wonderful.
Use of this truth:
The reasonableness of the believer's superlative love to Christ. Every believing
soul loves Christ above all persons and all things. They love him more than
the world, all that is in the world, and more than their very lives. If we
think of confessing believers parting with all their goods, liberty, worldly
comforts and doing this for Christ; or martyrs parting with their lives,
embracing fires for Christ, we must not wonder at their doing so. They undergo
the loss of all and yet, gaining Christ, whatever they lose, they are the
greatest gainers (Phil 3:7,8).
The transcendent excellency of Christ. The reasonableness of the gospel demands
all to receive and submit to Christ as their Prince and Lord. His merit requires
our absolute resignation to Him.
The dreadful sin and danger of slighting Christ. The more wonderful and excellent
He is, the deeper is the guilt of sin and of rejecting Him (Heb. 2:3 :how
shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation").
The need of making Christ the choice of your soul. Psalm 73:25, "Whom
in heaven have I but you". Is Christ your portion? Is Christ your best
portion? The wonderfulness of Christ means our souls must solemnly consent
to the gospel.
Be a wise merchant. Part with all for Christ. (Matt. 13:44-46) Give up
your lusts and idols, renounce evil, the world, and the flesh. Rest on Christ
for all, both now and for eternity.
You can never set your hearts so well. What is it in the world that is comparable
to Christ? It is all loss and crap. Should that which is the lesser have
our hearts? No! We must have that which is substantial and lasting.
Christ is preached that you may fall in love with Him. It is for this reason
that Christ is commended to you.
Lastly, consider how you will answer to Him at the tribunal. If Christ is
not wonderful to you, what will you say? If other lovers supplant Christ,
what will you say?