Isaiah 9:6, “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”
Matthew 1:21, “She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins”
“Suppose there was a king who loved a humble maiden,” begins a parable by Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855). How could he declare his love for her? She might respond out of fear or coercion, but he wanted her to love him for himself. So the king, convinced that he could not appear as a king without crushing his loved one’s freedom, resolved to descend. He stepped off his throne, took off his royal robes, and wrapped himself in a shabby cloak. It was no mere disguise, but a new identity. He took on the life of a servant to win the young woman’s hand.
Oh, what a gamble! She might love him or she might spurn him and send him away, and he would lose her love forever! My brethren, that’s a picture of the choice God gave to mankind, and that, of course, is what the parable is all about. Our Lord humbled Himself in an effort to win our love. “Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation” (Philippians 2:5-7).
Because the Lord Jesus, God’s Son, became a man, He can identify with our trials and temptations. He understands the heartaches, pain, and difficulties we face. Since “He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18). And because He was without sin (Hebrews 4:15), He was able to die in our place as the perfect sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 2:14-17).
Throughout the centuries since Jesus’ birth, man has marveled at the wonder of His person and work. An unknown author said this concerning Jesus Christ. “He became a man that we might become the sons of God. In infancy He troubled a king. In boyhood He puzzled the teachers. In manhood He ruled the course of nature; He walked upon the billows, hushed the sea to sleep, and healed the multitudes without medicine.
“He never wrote a book, yet the libraries of the world are filled with volumes that have been written about Him. He never penned a musical note, yet He is the theme of more sons than any other subject. “Great men have come and gone, yet He lives on. Herod could not kill him. Satan could not seduce Him. All others have failed in some way, but not Jesus! This perfect One is altogether lovely.”
What a wonderful person! Of Him Pilate said, “I find no fault in this Man” (Luke 23:4). A Roman soldier declared, “Certainly this was a righteous Man” (Luke 23:47). And God Himself announced from heaven, “This is my beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Mark 9:7). Not only is Christ matchless in His person and work, but He is known as Savior, Redeemer and Friend by the most lowly believer. Jesus is Wonderful. However, the question is this:
(1) Will we love Him, or will we spurn Him and send Him away?
No gift is more needed by a dying world than a living Savior.