“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned… For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.” (Isaiah 9: 6,7)
In Matthew 1:21 we hear the angel tell Joseph about Mary: “She will bring forth a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Jesus, Immanuel, Redeemer, Savior, the Light of the world. These names all say something significant about the Christ Child, the Living Word, the Son of God, the one born of the virgin Mary, the one whom we worship today, the one who not only brought Christmas, but is the total summation of all that Christmas is meant to be.
The word wonderful means “of such a nature as to excite wonder, or marvelous.” The word marvelous means “causing astonishment; amazing; extraordinary; miraculous; incredible.” Isaiah desire his readers to understand that all these characteristics would be seen in the Messiah. The presence of God the Father was with Jesus, yet He was the most precious friend any person could know. The Lord was a person of surpassing excellence. Modern readers are thrilled by reading what Jesus said, but to have attended His meetings, to have looked into His face, and to have heard every word of His message was an experience that exceeded anything they had knows.
When John concluded his writing about the ministry of our wonderful Lord, he said, “And there are also many other things which I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” (John 21:25).
when Jesus healed the paralyzed man who was lowered through the roof of the house where Jesus was ministering the people reacted by saying, “We have seen strange things today.” Jesus was indeed wonderful.