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prince-of-peaceNovember 21, 1873, in the icy waters of the Atlantic, two ships suddenly collided. When told her passenger ship, the Ville de Havre was sinking, a young mother gathered her four daughters on deck for a family prayer meeting. This young mother knelt with her daughters Annie (10), Maggie (8), Bessie (5) and Tanetta (2) and prayed that they might be saved or else be made willing to die. Ira Sankey revealed in his memoirs that Annie and Maggie had come to know Jesus in a small meeting in Chicago just months before. As the family huddled together, three of the daughters were swept away by the icy waves. Anna Spafford clung to her remaining daughter,  Tanetta, but the force of the waves was too strong. Her daughter was snatched away by the angry sea, and the distraught mother was knocked unconscious. She was rescued by sailors from the Loch Earn.

Back in the United States, Horatio Spafford was waiting for news of his family, and at last, ten days later (after the rescue ship had reached Cardiff), it came. saved-alone“Saved alone, what shall I do” was his wife’s message. Imagine the effect of this horrible tragedy. It was only  been a few months since the Chicago fire on October 8, 1871 caused the destruction of most of his real estate investments. Now God had not only taken his wealth but also his family. For as Horatio his loss with His Lord, a loss which could not be reversed in this life, he found that peace which indeed passes all understanding. Toward morning he told a friend named Major Whittle, “I am glad to be able to trust my Lord when it costs me something.” Then, sometime later, as he reflected on the disaster at sea, he wrote this well known hymn:

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea-billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,

And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin—Oh, the bliss of this glorious thought,

My sin—not in part, but the whole,

Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more,

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, 0 my soul!

And, Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,

The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend,

“Even so”—it is well with my soul.

Such tragedy could only become peace because Horatio Spafford knew intimately the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.

Sar Shalom

sar-shalomJesus is our Sar Shalom, our Prince of Peace as Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 9:6. This is the last of our Four Titles describing this Baby whose birth we celebrate at Christmas.Since His birth 2000 years ago, this world has seen little peace.

Peaceful Paradise Found?

A true story is told of a retired couple seeking to find the safest place on earth to retire to.falklands-peaceful-paradise The Iron Curtain was still up and they were concerned about surviving a nuclear war. They were blessed with wealth and so traveled extensively before making their decision. Finally they moved and after getting settled in the sent their former Pastor a Christmas Card from their new home. They described the Falkland Islands as their “peaceful paradise”. Yet four months later on March 26, 1982, their peaceful paradise became the battleground of Argentina and Great Britain. So much for Peaceful Paradise.

Once There Was Peace

There once was “peaceful paradise” on Earth. Imagine perfection here on earth. You have super strength, super memory, you never age, never sweat, never tire, never get sick. You can cover miles in a day without breaking a sweat. You have food galore. You have no fears, even of the fiercest animal. You have a gorgeous wife (Miss Universe) who is your help meet. There are no weeds, no flies, no mosquitoes. To top it off you walk with God in the evening. He is as close as you could imagine. There is no labor during childbirth. There are no disagreements between husbands and wives.

paradise-of-peaceParadise, Garden of Eden. We had that. Adam and Eve enjoyed it. Yet that wasn’t enough. You know the story. They disobeyed and the wrath of God came upon them. They were expelled from paradise, and as a consequence of their sin, their bodies started aging, childbirth became dangerous, life became hard. Conflicts entered into marriages, into family relationships. Within just a few short years the first murder took place, between brothers.

This world went from peaceful paradise to horrific hell in moments.

Into this Hell created by Sin, a baby boy was born. He is Sar Shalom. The Prince of Peace

Sar

Sar means Commander, Chief, Ruler, Captain, Prince. The picture is of a Man who is a Leader with Authority, a  Leader with Responsibility to fulfill an important task. Indeed Jesus came with Authority from God. He was responsible to fulfill the Father’s Will.

Isaiah 9:7 says “His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.”

Jesus is the Prince with the Authority & Responsibility to Bring Peace to this world, to mankind.

Shalom

Now most of us Gentile types reduce the meaning of this word Shalom to our ideas of peace, whether peace among people or inner peace. But shalom is a word so packed full of meaning and importance that even the best scholars, theologians, and Hebrew lexicons struggle to come up with English words to capture its full significance.

Shalom means much more than absence of war or inner peace.

Shalom expresses completeness, wholeness, harmony, fulfillment, health, safety. Implicit in Shalom is the idea of unimpaired relationships with others and fulfillment in all of your undertakings. Shalom pictures Growth and Prosperity. In nearly two-thirds of its occurrences, shālôm describes the state of fulfillment which is the result of God’s presence.

Aaronic Blessing

The Aaronic blessing of (Numbers 6:24-26) pictures the man whom God has Given Shalom: He is Blessed (bārak), Guarded (shāmar), and Treated Graciously (ḥānan), by God!

Shalom is What Man Enjoyed in the Garden of Eden.

“Shalom,” pictures all that God desires and plans for all creation. It is God’s heart desire, God’s perfect and full will, and therefore God’s decreed plan that all the human race, that all the animal world, that all the beings ever created, that all the universe dwell in perfect, full, and eternal Shalom.

Jesus Was Born to Restore Shalom to Earth

angels-announce-the-shalom-of-jesusWhen the Angels sang to the Shepherds, they were singing to the whole earth for ages to come: The Angels knew that with Christ appearing on earth, finally Peace would be possible.

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

This is the gospel in one sentence. God’s glory, God’s peace, and God’s favor resting once again upon the wayward human race! This one-sentence gospel proclamation of “God’s peace to all people” connects this angelic declaration to our prophetic passage from Isaiah wherein Christ is called the “Prince of Peace.” In Shalom we discover the entire Gospel in one word.

Shalom is Man’s Longing

When the Shepherds heard this proclamation by the angels that God’s peace, God’s shalom, and God’s favor, God’s grace, now rests upon all because of this child born in Bethlehem, they would have understood this good news to be the fulfillment of all the longings of the Jewish people for God to usher in the promised day of Shalom. Christ the newborn king, Christ the Wonderful Counselor, Christ the Mighty God and Eternal Father, also came to planet earth to become the Prince of Shalom. Through Christ’s life, death, and Resurrection the longed-for divine promise of universal Shalom was finally ushered in.

We need to understand why Jesus is called Prince of Peace and what it means for all those who are born again children of God.

Man Can Never bring Shalom to this World.

Mans Conduct means NO PeaceGod’s meaning of Shalom revolves around the way we live. It was Adam and Eve’s conduct that shattered the peace between man and God. Cain’s conduct broke the peace between him and Abel and him and God. As it is with all of us, conduct makes or breaks the peace!

  • Man’s Conduct broke the peace between God and Man

Romans 3:10-12 (NKJV) As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”

Romans 3:23 (NKJV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 1:18 (ESV) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.

  • Man’s Conduct brought the Ruin of Sin upon all men.

Romans 5:12 (NKJV) Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.

Sickness, Psychological problems, Depression, Physical problems, we are all struggling against death-death to our souls, death to our bodies because of Sin! God meant what He said “On that day you eat thereof, you shall surely die!”

  • Man’s Conduct Destroyed the Completeness of God’s Creation.

When God completed His creation, the Bible records: “And God saw His Creation and said it was Very Good.” Sin corrupted this world and destroyed the Paradise that God had created. His Creation became a pre-cursor to the Hell that awaits all those who die in their sins.

Romans 8:20 “Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse.”

  • Man’s Conduct Ruined Fulfillment of God’s Purpose for our lives.

Romans 8:21-23 (NLT) the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.

Jesus had the Authority to Bring Shalom to this world.

jesus-had-authority-to-restore-shalomJesus Christ came to this world armed with a Divine Command: Bring Glory to the Father by Destroying the Power of Satan and Redeeming Mankind. Jesus broke down all barriers to True Shalom because He and only He had the Authority and the Power and the CONDUCT to do so!

Luke 1:79 (KJV) To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

  • Jesus’ Conduct brought Shalom between God and Man

Romans 5:1 (KJV) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Romans 5:10 (NKJV) 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.

  • Jesus’ Conduct brought Shalom to Men

Jesus himself is our PEACE!

Ephesians 2:13-16 (NKJV) 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.

  • Jesus’ Conduct brought Shalom to the sin-sick souls of man

Romans 5:19 (NKJV) For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

2 Peter 1:2-4 (NKJV) 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

  • Jesus’ Conduct brought Shalom to God’s Creation

Isaiah 11:1-8 (NKJV) 1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. 2 The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. 3 His delight is in the fear of the Lord, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; 4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. 5 Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, And faithfulness the belt of His waist. 6 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.

  • Jesus’ Conduct brought Shalom – God’s Purpose to our lives and to this world.

2 Timothy 1:9 (NKJV) who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,

Ephesians 3:10-11 (NKJV) 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Jesus’ Conduct means Shalom is possible for this World. Peace is available by faith, and Peace will be available when Christ reigns.

We have the Authority for Peace in our World through Jesus Christ

John 14:27 (NKJV) Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 16:33 (NKJV) These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

To Experience Shalom, we must Submit to the Authority of the Prince of Shalom!

Philippians 4:9 (NKJV) The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Psalms 37:37 (KJV) Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

submit-to-the-authority-of-jesus-our-sar-shalomAre you at peace with God? Shalom is the result of God’s Presence in our Lives! As you rest your head upon your pillow tonight, do you know your sins are forgiven and that you are confident you are God’s born again child? Give your heart and life to Jesus, submit to the authority of the Cross for forgiveness of your sins. Are you at peace in your heart with your past failings, with what God has done in your life, with what God is doing in your life? Submit your will and your fears to the authority of the Prince of Peace. Rest in His authority over the events of your life. Do you struggle with fears and anxieties? Realize that Jesus has given you His peace, that He has overcome the world, and under His Authority He will allow only that which is for His Glory and our edification in the faith. Are you walking in peace with your family, your friends, your neighbors? Is their hatred or resentment toward others? Submit your grievances to the one who has the authority to bring peace between the worst of enemies. And as much as is in you, on your part, live in peace with all men. Are you struggling with fulfillment and purpose in your life? Then submit your will and plans and possessions to the authority and control of the Prince!

The Authority of Jesus is not Because of a Kingly Crown.

With earthly Kings and Prices, crowns have always been the sign of authority and Kingship.

Charlemagne, whom historians say should deserve to be called “great” above all others, wore an octagonal crown. Each of the eight sides was a plaque of gold, and each plaque was studded with emeralds, sapphires, and pearls. The cost was the price of a king’s ransom.

Richard the Lion Heart had a crown so heavy that two earls had to stand, one on either side, to hold his head.

The crown that Queen Elizabeth wore was worth over $20 million in 1937.

Put them all together, from all of Europe and from the archives of the East, all of them are but trinkets compared to Christ’s crown.

Revelation 19 says he has many diadems. He wears a crown of righteousness. He wears a crown of glory. He wears a crown of life. He wears a crown of peace and power. Among those crowns, one outshines the rest. It was not formed by the skilled fingers of a goldsmith, nor created by the genius of a craftsman. It was put together hurriedly by the rough hands of Roman soldiers. It was not placed upon its wearer’s head in pomp and ceremony, but in the hollow mockery of ridicule and blasphemy.

It is a crown of thorns.

The Crown of Peace that our Prince of Peace wears is that hastily made Crown of Thorns.authority-for-peace-is-from-his-crown

In Isaiah 53:5, we read this about Christ:“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us Shalom was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

The amazing thing is that the crown of thorns belonged to you and me. I deserved to wear that crown. I deserved to feel the thrust of the thorns. I deserved to feel the blood streaming upon my brow. I deserved the judgment of God upon my sins.

He freely took my crown of thorns. That Crown is His Authority to offer you and me His Peace, God’s Shalom. He offers to each of us His crown of life, the crown that fadeth not away. He Offers us His Peace. He IS OUR PEACE!

Shalom happens because of God’s Presence. Is Jesus living in your heart today?

A friend visited an elderly woman badly crippled by arthritis. When asked, “Do you suffer much?” she responded, “Yes, but there is no nail here,” and she pointed to her hand. “He had the nails, I have the peace.” She pointed to her head. “There are no thorns here. He had the thorns, I have the peace.” She touched her side. “There is no spear here. He had the spear, I have the peace.”

That is what the coming of our Sar Shalom means for us-He gave of himself so that we might have the Shalom of God.

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Eternal Father

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Once more we gaze upon the little baby being swaddled in Bethlehem, no room for him at the inn. After an exhausting journey, Mary gives birth and now holds him in her arms, cuddling him close because of the coldness in the night air.

Little does she know she is holding her “Eternal Father” as Isaiah prophesied 700 years before (Isaiah 9:6). Mary was literally holding her father in her arms.

Now if we were to travel back in time and ask if this was the understanding of the Patriarchs of Israel, here are some of the reactions we might expect to hear:

AdamRoving Reporter: Hey you in the Loin Cloth, who was God to you?

Adam: God is Elohim, my creator. He is the one who breathed life into me. He is the one who put me to sleep to make woman from one of my ribs. He is the one whom I walked with in the cool of the evening. He is the one whom I failed, and was cast out of paradise.

NoahRoving Reporter: Sir, with the hammer, do you know God?

Noah: Sure I do. He’s Elohim, the one I walk with.

Roving Reporter: Do You See Him?

Noah: No, but he talks with me. In fact He told me to build this Ark.

Roving: Would you call Him your Father.

Noah: I don’t think so. He’s my God!

Roving Reporter: You sir, walking with your son, do you know God?

AbrahamAbraham: Why yes I do. He is my Adonai Jehovah, My Lord God. I do as He commands. In fact, I’m taking my son up to yonder mount to sacrifice Him to My Lord.

Roving Reporter: Then you don’t see Him as your father, do you?

Abraham: No, but I do see Him as my friend. In fact, I know He can bring my son back to life. He is the Lord God.

Roving Reporter: You sir, looks like you’ve been wrestling all night, do you know God?

Jacob at PenuelJacob: Of course I do. He is El Shaddai, God all-sufficient. All my life I depended upon my own skill and deception to get what I wanted. Finally I just wrestled with God here at Penuel, and I have prevailed, but not before He touched my strength, and crippled me. He will be the one I depend upon from here on. He is my El Shaddai!

Roving Reporter: Is He your Father?

Jacob: Hardly, but He is God, my All-Sufficient God.

Roving Reporter: You there, with the long stick, is God your Father?Moses

Moses: God is the I AM THAT I AM. He is Jehovah Elohim, God of my father Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I have seen His glory, and I would never think to call Him something as intimate as Father.

Roving Reporter: (Now approaching the mother of Jesus) Young lady, do you know how special your baby is?

Mary and JesusMary: Yes, He is Immanuel, my Savior. He is the Son of God.

Roving Reporter: Did you know that Isaiah prophesied that His name would be called “Ad Avi” Eternal Father?

Mary: How could this be? He is my child. God is His Father. The Holy Spirit came upon me.

Roving Reporter: Listen Mary, one day you will hear your Son say: “I and the Father are one”. In fact one of His disciples will ask Jesus to show them the Father, and Jesus will say:

John 14:9  “He who has seen me has seen the Father. He will say “I am in the Father and the Father is in me!

I and the Father are OneMost of us are like Mary, surprised enough to realize that Jesus is the Son of God, but unable to fathom the truth that Jesus is also our Eternal Father. Most religions deny this title for Jesus because it would make Him equal with God.

But the truth is that Jesus is our Eternal Father. He is the Father to the Fatherless. He is the one that we come to for Salvation. He is the one we come to when we want to see God!

John 14:6 “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me!

This little baby did so much for mankind. In the Old Testament, the people feared to come close to God. The only way they could come to God was by approaching a physical place, a place so terrible that if they even touched the mountain, they would be stoned. Moses himself was frightened at the glimpse of God.  We have not come to a MountainAs we are reminded in Hebrews 12:

Hebrews 12: 18 You have not come to a physical mountain, to a place of flaming fire, darkness, gloom, and whirlwind, as the Israelites did at Mount Sinai. 19 For they heard an awesome trumpet blast and a voice so terrible that they begged God to stop speaking. 20 They staggered back under God’s command: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” 21 Moses himself was so frightened at the sight that he said, “I am terrified and trembling.”

But because of Jesus, we can approach God without fear. In fact, we come with confidence, and join a JOYFUL GATHERING! We see an assembly of God’s firstborn children, we come to God Himself, we come to the spirits of the righteous who are already in heaven, we come to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant that makes this all possible. Jesus Christ is the reason we can approach a loving God.

Hebrews 12: 22 No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. 23 You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect. 24 You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel.

Compassionate JesusThrough Jesus Christ, we now see a loving face on our Eternal Father. We have a Mediator. We have an Intercessor, We have a Comforter. We have an Eternal Father who loves us and desires a relationship with us. We have the power to become children of God. Jesus Christ in that sense is our Eternal Father. Through His atoning death on the cross, that veil has been torn in two and we can come boldly before the throne of Grace. We can conclude that is the meaning of the title “Eternal Father”. Jesus is simply the representative of our “Eternal Father”. In fact, in the face of Jesus we indeed see our “Eternal Father”.

Jesus is the Compassionate Face of our Eternal Father.

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Matthew 23:37 (NKJV) 37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!

  • Jesus is the Great Physician healing those who are sick and dying of sin.
  • Jesus is the Great Shepherd seeking His Lost sheep.
  • Jesus is the Great Fisherman, fishing for the Lost souls of men.
  • Jesus is the Great Sea Diver, seeking the Pearl of Great Price
  • Jesus is the Great Banker, seeking for every lost coin.
  • Jesus is the Great Comforter, comforting all those who are in distress and despair with the Hope of Abundant Life everlasting.
  • Jesus is the Great Emancipator, freeing all those from the Prison of Sin and Death.
  • Jesus is the Great Savior, seeking all who are lost in sin.
  • Jesus is the very face of Compassion.

Through Jesus we Know we have a Compassionate Eternal Father.

Jesus is Committed faceJesus is the Committed Face of our Eternal Father

In the face of Jesus we see our Eternal Father willing to sacrifice all for our salvation.

Matthew 18:14 (NKJV) Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

God knew from the beginning of time that man would sin and fall under the condemnation of sin. Jesus was the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. God did not want any to perish.

2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV) The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

God provided the perfect sin offering to redeem all of mankind.

Jeremiah praises the Everlasting Father for His faithfulness when he says:

“Because of the LORD’S faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! I say: The Lord is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in Him. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good to wait quietly for deliverance from the Lord.” Lamentations 3:22-26

Jesus shared the commitment of His Father. He knew that He was born a man to die for men. Jesus was determined to go to the cross. He was no coward. He knew before God even made the earth that He would dies as the Lamb Slain!

Jesus is Coming Face of Eternal FatherJesus is the Coming Face of our Eternal Father

The Apostle John knew Jesus Christ as well as any disciple. In fact, he called himself the ‘disciple whom Jesus loved’. John had seen Jesus walk on water, heal the blind, raise the dead. John had seen Jesus transfigured in His heavenly glory.  John knew Jesus as the Son of God. As he wrote in 1 John:

“We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:1-3 NLT)

John Sees JesusKnowing Jesus as he did, John still did not realize an amazing truth. Jesus Christ is our “Eternal Father”. He is not a representative of God our Father. Jesus is God our Eternal Father. When John was on the isle of Patmos, he was caught up to heaven in the spirit. He heard a voice saying in Revelation 1:8: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” John turns to  the voice and sees the Son of Man as John had never seen Him before. In fact, the vision of Jesus causes John to faint as if he were dead. Jesus declares: “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”

There can be no other conclusion but that Jesus was declaring that He was and is and always will be Almighty God. John fell at the feet of Jesus when he discovered that Jesus was actually God! Jesus was revealed to be our actual “Eternal Father”.

Jesus as the mediator of the new covenant fathered every born again believer. Jesus Christ could indeed declare “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me” because He indeed is our “Eternal Father”!

  • There is no worship of God without worshipping Jesus Christ.
  • There is no praying to God without praying to Jesus Christ.
  • All religions do not lead to the same God.
  • Only your personal relationship with Jesus Christ will lead you to our Eternal Father, Almighty God! Jesus and the Father are ONE!

One day our Eternal Father will return to gather His bride. When we are caught in the air, we will behold Him just as He is, our Eternal Father.

When He returns to set up His Kingdom, He will judge the peoples of the earth as God, for He is God!

Jesus is coming! Jesus is coming soon! We shall behold Him just as He is, our Eternal Father!

“We Shall Behold Him

Face to Face in all of His Glory

We shall behold Him, We shall behold Him

Face to Face our Savior and Lord

We shall behold Him as our Eternal Father!”


Wonderful Counselor

Jesus is Wonderful to Me!
This past February, in New Plymouth, a city on the north island of New Zealand, a judge ordered a young girl a ward of the court so that she could change her name. Her name: “Talula does the Hula from Hawaii” Officials in the same town succeeded in blocking names such as “Keenan Got Lucy” and “Yeah Detroit”, “Fat Boy” twin names “Fish and Chips”, but allowed “Number 16 Bus Stop” and “Midnight Chardonnay” and twin names “Benson and Hedges”.

We’ve come a long way from the Old Testament practice of attaching names because of their meaning.

Names in the Old Testament often had special meaning, for instance when Rachel was dying in childbirth, she chose to name her son, Benoni, “son of my sorrow.” What a terrible thing to go through life with a name that reminds you that your birth killed your mother. So his father, Jacob, renamed him Benjamin, “son of my right hand.”

God has even used names as signs to his people:

Isaiah 8:18 (NASB) Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.

  • Isaiah means “salvation of Jehovah”
  • Shear-jashub:  “a remnant will return”
  • Maher-shalal-hash-baz:  “quick to plunder, swift to the spoil”
  • Immanuel: “God with us”

Their names were signs that judgment was coming quickly, and any Salvation would be through Jehovah, not with any alliance with Assyria, but that through the judgment, God would be with them, and a remnant will return.

Now 2,700 or so years later, we celebrate the birth of a baby named by God-

Matthew 1:21, “You shall call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.”

Jesus means, “The Lord is salvation.”

But hundreds of years before His birth, Isaiah had a prophetic vision of this child in Isaiah 9.

Storm in St CroixJust three years ago my wife and I took a trip to St Croix. We sat in a beach side restaurant and watched as a storm approached from the sea. That evening the storm grew worse as it seemed the voice of God was upon the waters. I beheld the flash of His lightning’s and listened to the glory of His thunders. The sea seemed to be at war with the thundering, trying to drown out the voice of God with the mighty oceans roar. It was a dark night, and dark clouds covered the sky, but far away on the distant horizon, a light shone, the reflection of the moon. It was a bright shining, like gold. The moon was hidden in the clouds, yet she was able to send her rays down upon the waters.

This is the scene of Isaiah 9. All around him was the darkness of men in rebellion to God. Isaiah heard the prophetic rumblings of God’s voice, he saw the flashes of God’s vengeance. But far away he saw a brightness, a clear shining that came directly from heaven. With the vision burned upon his mind he wrote:

“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” Isaiah 9:2 (ASV)

And even though he saw through the spans of time battles “with confused noise and garments rolled in blood,”  yet he fixed his eyes upon that one bright spot in the future, and he proclaimed, “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.”

Isaiah spoke of Jesus Christ. He is a child born of a virgin in reference to his human nature,  yet He is a son given, in reference to His divine nature. As a child he was born, but as a Son He was given.

The name the prophet Isaiah saw first was ‏פֶּלֶא‎ pele,  a masculine noun meaning a wonder, a miracle, a marvel. This word is used to represent something unusual or extraordinary.

God the Father never gave his Son a name which he did not deserve. There is no exaggeration, no flattery here. Now we can have two or three interpretations here.

You could call Jesus “marvelous”.

“Christ is the marvel of marvels”

The Shepherds marveled at Him, the Wise Men marveled at Him, Mary marveled at Him, the priests marveled at him at the age of 12, the crowds marveled at Him, even the Roman soldier marveled at Him upon the cross.

You could call Him “miraculous”

“Jesus is the  miracle of miracles”

Jesus is more than a man, he is God’s highest miracle. He is God in flesh, He is God incarnate. He is the Savior of all mankind wrapped in swaddling clothes. He is the Fountain of Living Water drinking at Mary’s breast. He is the creator of the universe learning to be a carpenter at Joseph’s side. He is the bread of life feeding the five thousand. He is the source of life raising Lazarus from the dead. Great is the mystery of godliness, and Jesus was God manifested in human flesh.

You could call Him “distinguished”

Christ is distinguished above all men; he is anointed with the oil of gladness above his fellows, and in his character, and in his acts he is infinitely separated from all comparison with any of the sons of men. “Thou art fairer than the children of men; grace is poured into thy lips.” He is “the chief among ten thousand and altogether lovely.” He is the rose of Sharon, the bright and morning star.

However, I want to call Him Wonderful!

Let’s focus on how wonderful this Jesus Is.

Jesus Deserves to be Called Wonderful for Who He Was.

Jesus is Wonderful for Who He IsJesus has existed for all eternity. He is the Alpha and the Omega, without beginning or end. He was the begotten of the Father from the beginning of time”

He and His Father are one, co-equal in substance and attributes. He is “very God of very God”. He who became an infant was long ago King of the Ages, Lord of Lords.

  • Before Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes He had been clothed in Priestley garment. Jesus had walked this earth as Melchizedek, the Priest King of Salem, whom Abraham had offered his sacrifice to.
  • Before Jesus had faced the fire of the temple soldier’s torches, he had walked in the fire of the fiery furnace, so hot that it had killed the soldier’s casting in Shadrach Meshach and Abednego.
  • Before Jesus told Peter that upon the Rock of His Confession Jesus would build His church, Jesus had already followed the Jews in the wilderness, providing water for them as the Rock of Waters.
    • 1 Cor 10:4 “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”
  • And while someday Jesus will descend from Heaven riding on that white horse to battle the rebellious nations, He has already appeared to Joshua as the captain of the Lord’s Army, to wage war with the evil nations in Canaan.

Jesus has been wonderful throughout the ages, long before He appeared clothed in flesh.

The angel came to Manoah to tell him he was going to have a son, who was Samson; and Manoah said to the angel, “What is your name, so that, when your words come true, we may honor you?” (Judges 13:17). And the angel said to him (v. 18), “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?” There’s the word “pele”. Some of your translations will say “beyond understanding” or “secret.” It’s the same root word meaning wonderful. Jesus’ name has been Wonderful throughout time.

We should gather with reverence and holy awe around the throne of him who is our great Redeemer; for “his name is called Wonderful,” since he has existed before all things, and “by him all things were made; and without him was not anything made that was made.”

This God-Man, this Jesus clothed himself in worthless human flesh, and endured the weakness, the prison of this sinful flesh. He set His face toward Golgotha, and willingly submitted himself to the horrors of torture and crucifixion. Is He not Wonderful for what He endured on our behalf?

You have ever before you the picture of the King of Heaven becoming a poor, despised, persecuted slandered man on your behalf. He suffered such for your sake. Do you praise His name? Do you love Him for His great love. Do you bow in awe at such a wonderful Savior?

Look further and see His death. Gather at the foot of the cross. Watch as your creator breathes his last breath. Watch as they take him from the cross. See, his hands are limp, his body is not moving. There is no rising and falling of the chest. Our Jesus is dead. One time He spoke and the stars came into existence. He could hold the expanse of heaven in his hand, and now his human hand is bloodied and lifeless. He lies before you bloodied and naked, a thing which this world no longer even viewed as a man, and yet, His name is Wonderful, for He died for you. Here is matchless Love coming from the matchless mercy of Almighty God. “His name shall be called wonderful.”

Jesus Deserves to be Called Wonderful for Who He Is

Jesus is Wonderful for Who He IsPraise God that He did not allow His Holy One to see corruption. Praise God that Jesus led captivity captive and ascended to His throne in heaven, whereby He has given gifts to all those who believe in Him.

Is He wonderful to You?

When I was younger I knew about Jesus, but I did not hold him in awe. He was not a wonder to me. But one day there came a knock at my door. It was an ugly monster, dark and horrible. I locked the door and tried to barricade it, but the monster kept pounding on the door until he entered in. He said he had a message from God, that I was condemned to death in hell because of my sins. I was astonished, I asked him his name and he said his name was “LAW”. I gasped and fell at his feet as one who was dead. As I lay there he struck me. He struck me until every rib was broken, and my bowels were about to spring forth. My heart was melted within me, I had no strength to go on. Misery and despair gripped my heart. I could not open my eyes, but a small voice deep within was heard that said, there may be hope, there may be mercy for you. I thought then that God would see the pain of my heart and have pity because I purposed to mend my ways. But as soon as that thought crossed my mind, the blows came heavier and with greater ferocity, such that I feared for my life. Complete darkness enveloped me and I thought “I am cast from His sight, I am hated of God!”

But out of the darkness came a light, and I could sense the loving hand of Jesus Christ wiping my fevered brow. He said “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light”

I stood up and Jesus led me to the cross, and then he vanished from my sight. But he appeared again, hanging upon that cross. I looked upon Him as he bled and suffered upon that tree. His loving eyes looked into my heart and in a moment, gazing upon His eyes, the bruises that my soul had suffered were healed. The gaping wounds were cured, the broken bones rejoiced; the rags that had all covered me were removed, and now I was clothed in a spotless garment of pure white. There was a song in my heart, for I was saved, washed, cleansed, forgiven, through Him that hung upon that tree. I wondered how such a one could love even me, how the Savior of the world could forgive me and make my soul like the surface of a quiet river, undisturbed, quiet and at ease. His name was to my spirit “Wonderful” Brothers and sisters, if you have felt this, think anew upon what Jesus did for you, and allow your heart to know His Wonder, allow your spirit to call Him wonderful!

Has He Not Continued to be Wonderful to You?

Has he been with you in sadness, in sickness, in sorrow?

Have you ever had your heart ripped out of you, only to sense Him picking it up and gently placing it back where it belongs. And then He takes you in His arms and gives you peace.

Have you ever had a trial or pressure so great that it seemed ready to crush you, and yet at the point when it seemed all was over, you could sense the hand of Jesus picking you up and feeling as if you were soaring to heaven.

When my heart was ripped out and every dream crushed in my third year of Bible College. When I wanted to give up on following God and turn back to the world, Jesus came to me in my little prayer closet and wrapped His arms around me, and though I cried for two hours straight; when I stepped out I knew He was with me, that He was and is Wonderful to me.

Through many other heartaches in my life, whether because of my own rebellion or through the meanness of others, Jesus has continued to shine His light upon my path and continued to be Wonderful beyond any human comprehension.

He uses the troubles and pressures off our lives to turn ugly clumps of coal into beautiful shiny diamonds. We are His precious jewels. You will never know the Wonder of Jesus unless you see Him from the depths of the deep places of life.

Zechariah 9:16 (NIV) The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown.

Jesus Deserves to be Called Wonderful for Who He Will Be

Jesus is Wonderful for Who He Will BePharaoh led his hosts into the midst of the Red Sea. The path was dry and they outnumbered the Jews. Victory was easily within their grasp. The wall of water shimmered on each side of the army, and yet was a stiff as marble. Can you imagine their astonishment when they saw those walls of water come crashing upon them? Can you hear their screams as the judgment of God fell upon them?

Acts 13:41 (NIV) “‘Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.'”

If you are a scoffer of Christ, one who refuses to call Him wonderful, Such will be your astonishment, such will be your scream, when Christ shall come in the glory of His Father, with all the host of heaven.

Sad will be that day when the Christ, whom you despise, whom you deny to be your Savior, whose Bible you left unread, whose Gospel you rejected, will suddenly appear and you will behold and wonder and perish. You will see too late that He indeed is Wonderful.

Come Judas, give Him one last kiss.

No, I knew not the wonder of whom I kissed!

Look He is the everlasting God!

Come Herod, laugh at this Jesus one more time!

No, for I knew not the wonder of whom I mocked!

Look, He is the Everlasting King!

Come Caiaphas, curse at this Jesus one last time!

NO for I knew not the wonder of whom I cursed.

Look He is the Messiah!

Judgment Day is Coming, when the Lamb that was slain will judge the nations and peoples both dead and living.

Is Jesus Wonderful to You?Yet in spite of the horrors of that day, the crying, the screaming as God’s wrath is finally poured out upon unrepentant man. Over the cries of “Rocks, hide us, mountains, fall on us!”

Do you hear it? It is the worship of saints around the throne.

Do you hear them cry “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, for thou wast slain, and thou hast risen from the dead; worthy art thou to live and reign, when death itself is dead?”

Do ye hear them? It is all song, and no shriek. Do ye see them? It is all joy, and no terror. His name to them is Wonderful; It is the wonder of admiration, the wonder of ecstasy, the wonder of affection, and not the wonder of horror and dismay.

Saints of the Lord! We shall know the wonders of his name, when we shall see him as he is, and shall be like him in the day of his appearing.

He comes—he comes—he comes; and when he comes, you shall well say of him as you meet him with joy,  “Thy name is called Wonderful. All hail! all hail! all hail!”

Charles Spurgeon, was a great preacher in the 19th century in England. At that time he was probably the most popular preacher in England, and the people kept coming from everywhere to hear him preach, particularly the working-class people. They loved to hear Spurgeon preach. At one point his church had outgrown one facility after another, so they rented a kind of theater. It was called The Surrey Music Hall. It seated 12-15,000 people, and in October of 1856, Spurgeon preached in this rented facility for the first time.The music hall was packed to capacity, and apparently there were thousands more outside who couldn’t get a seat inside the auditorium. As the service started, someone yelled “Fire!” and pandemonium broke out. Seven people were killed in what resulted, and many people were injured.
The whole experience deeply affected Charles Spurgeon, as you might imagine, for all of his life. It really just took the life out of him. Nearly two years after that event, he spoke about what he had been through and how God had restored him.
Here’s what he said: I may not have told in your hearing the story of my own woe. Perhaps never a soul went so near the burning furnace of insanity and yet came away unharmed. I have walked by that fire until these locks seem to be crisp with the heat thereof. My brain was racked.
I dared not look up to God, and prayer that was once my solace caused me fear and terror if I attempted it.
He went into a deep depression following this accident. He said, I shall never forget the time when I first became restored to myself. It was in the garden of a friend. I was walking, solitary and alone. Musing upon my misery, much cheered as that was by the kindness of my loving friend, yet far too heavy for my soul to bear, when suddenly the name of Jesus flashed through my mind.
The person of Christ seemed visible to me. I stood still. The burning lava of my soul was cooled. My agonies were hushed. I bowed myself there, and a garden that had seemed a Gethsemane became to me a paradise. And then it seems so strange to me that naught should have brought me back but that name of Jesus. I thought indeed at that time that I should love him better all days of my life.
But there were two things I wondered at. I wondered that He should be so good to me, and I wondered more that I should have been so ungrateful to Him. But His name has been, from that time, Wonderful to me.