December 24, 2018
“And His name shall be called Wonderful………………………..” (Isaiah 9:6)
Seven Hundred years before the birth of Christ, God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to give us a description of the coming Messiah. “His name shall be called ‘Wonderful’.”
We mess around with that word, “wonderful,” and say things such as “I had a wonderful time last night.”
Or, “Isn’t this a wonderful day,” etc. However, God said that the word, “wonderful,” is reserved for His Son, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
True wonder distinguishes and separates. True wonder speaks of the handprint of God. When I think of that word, “wonder,” I think of God’s creation such as the Grand Canyon, Niagra Falls, or the birth of a child.
Jesus was wonderful at birth and He was wonderful in life. As Jesus began His earthly ministry we read in John 2 that Jesus was invited to a wedding. The wedding guests ran out of wine. Jesus was informed of it.
Jesus then instructed ordinary servants to put some ordinary water into some ordinary jars, then something WONDERFUL happened. The water turned to wine.
In Matthew 8 we read that Jesus was in an ordinary boat, out on a ordinary lake with His ordinary disciples. A great storm arose. Jesus was asleep. The ordinary disciples awakened Jesus. Jesus spoke to the storm and something WONDERFUL then happened.
In John 6 we read that Jesus was speaking to a great crowd of thousands. The people grew hungry. One disciple spoke up and said, “There is a boy here that has five small loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus said, “Have the people sit down. Jesus took the loaves and fish and gave thanks. The something WONDERFUL happened. Everyone ate plenty and there were also twelve baskets left over.
Yes, everything about Jesus is “Wonderful.” Allow His to do something wonderful in your life.
December 10, 2018
Were you ever caught unprepared for something? That is a terrible feeling. Personally, I would rather be an hour early for an appointment than be one minute late. I’ve learned the hard way that it always pays huge dividends to be prepared.
Jesus told us that as it was in Noah’s day, so shall it be prior to His return (Matthew 24:7).
Friends, we are living in those days now. The Lord Jesus will return for His church soon. How do we become prepared for Jesus’ return? “For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the atonement (Romans 5:10,11).
Noah’s ark is a type or symbol of the church. Are you really prepared for Jesus’ return? Are you encouraging others to be prepared? Now is the time to prepare. Jesus is coming again.