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His Name


Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | November 16, 1975

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Isaiah 9 gives us five names of Jesus: Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. In this message, Pastor Wiersbe focuses on the name “Wonderful.” The better we understand who God is and what He has done, the more we understand how wonderful He is.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.


Isaiah 9 talks about Jesus’ coming kingdom.

Isaiah 9:6 gives us five names of Jesus before He is born. (Note: depends on translation; some list “Wonderful Counselor” as one name, not two).

Jesus will return to Earth, establish His kingdom, and reign in righteousness.

This passage can be applied to our lives spiritually.

Is the government of your life on His shoulders?

Jesus carried the cross and our sin, and He will continue to guide us through life.

When Jesus caries our lives, He takes care of all aspects of life:

-       Dullness of life: Wonderful

-       Decisions of life: Counselor

-       Demands of life: Mighty God

-       Dimensions of life: Everlasting Father

-       Distresses of life: Prince of Peace

Four questions that help us understand the meaning of the name wonderful:

-       What is wonder?

  • Wonderful means to separate or distinguish, to set above and beyond everything else.
  • Don’t confuse wonder with anything else.
  • Wonder has depth. It is an overwhelming sense of awe.
  • Wonder makes you see how small you are.
  • The better we understand who God is and what He has done, the more we understand how wonderful He is.

-       Why don’t we have this kind of wonder today?

  • All through the Bible, people saw God in even the smallest parts of creation.
  • Don’t get so caught up in the technology and busyness of today that we miss the life God put into the world.
  • When we are lost in the wonder of who God is and what He does, sin becomes very ugly.

-       Why is Jesus called wonderful?

  • Jesus is wonderful in His person because there is no one else like Him.
  • Jesus is sinless, sympathizing, and sacrificing.
  • Jesus is wonderful in His life because He takes ordinary things and makes them wonderful.
  • Jesus is wonderful in His words because His words are transforming.
  • Jesus is wonderful in His death because He paid for our sin and showed us sacrifice, love, and willingness.

-       How can we share in Jesus’ wonder?

  • We can share in the wonder of Jesus’ life when we trust Him as our Savior because He lives in us.
  • Our lives cannot be wonderful as long as we are living in sin.
  • When Jesus moves into our lives we see through different eyes and hear through different ears.
  • Wonder begins with salvation, continues with consecration, and climaxes with glorification.

We should grow in the wonder of Jesus, not the cheap things of life.

God can touch our lives with wonder even in trials and troubles.

Our responsibility every day is to get alone with Jesus and focus on His wonder.

There is nothing wonderful about sin or hell, but everything is wonderful about Jesus.

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