(Adapted from a study by Loren Jacobs, Shema Yisrael, November 1992)
Seven hundred years before Yeshua was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote,
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
According to the prophet, one of Messiah’s names is Wonderful.” The Hebrew peleh signifies “something wonderful or amazing, a miracle, a wonder.” Everything about Messiah Jesus is wonderful or full of wonder.
He Is Wonderful in His Nature
There is no one like Yeshua. He is the Mighty God, yet He was born as a child. He is forever God and forever man. His divine and human natures are an eternal mystery certainly worthy of our wonder.
He Is Wonderful in His Power
John 1:3 tells us that “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” Messiah Jesus is the Creator, not only of the planet earth and everything on it, but of the billions of galaxies and the trillions of stars and the entire host of angelic beings. The universe, from the smallest subatomic particle to the most distant galaxy billions of light years from earth, proclaims the power of its Creator. Not only did Yeshua create all things. He holds them together by the word of His power. Colossians 1:17 tells us that “He [Jesus] is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (NIV: “hold together”). Without Yeshua’s control, the universe would disintegrate!
He Is Wonderful in His Birth
Micah 5:2 proclaims,
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth have been from of old,
The eternal One entered into time and became flesh. His Incarnation is unique. He is the only one who could decree His parentage and the circumstances of His birth. He chose to be born of a Jewish virgin and to have a poor carpenter for a foster father. Yeshua, the Bread of Life, was born in Bethlehem (literally House of Bread). For His first bed, He chose not a silk-lined cradle in Caesar’s palace but a straw-lined manger in a cattle stall. Yet prophets predicted His birth, angels visited earth to announce His arrival, and a bright, shining star led wise men from distant lands to find and worship Him.
He Is Wonderful in Prophecy
Messiah Yeshua is the focal point of the Bible prophecies. He is the Seed of the woman in Genesis 3:15 who would crush the serpent’s head, and He is the spirit of prophecy mentioned in Revelation 19:10. He is the Living Word, the Author of the Word of God, and its chief subject. The ark, the Tabernacle, the Temple, the sacrifices and the appointed Old Testament feasts all point to Him. He is the Prophet greater than Moses, the final King on David’s throne and the ultimate High Priest for all of God’s people.
He Is Wonderful in His Sinless Life
Yeshua is the only human who ever kept God’s law. Every other person who ever lived has yielded to the temptations of the world, the flesh or the devil. Only our Messiah Yeshua resisted them all. Though He was tested and tempted in all ways, He never sinned.
He Is Wonderful in His Relationships
During His ministry here on earth, Yeshua related to people as few, if any, rabbis of His day would have done. He made friends with social outcasts. He befriended a Samaritan woman, touched lepers, ate with tax collectors and redeemed prostitutes. The Righteous One became the Friend of sinners. He called everyone who would believe in Him “friend.” Such friendship is truly wonderful.
He Is Wonderful in His Teaching
He taught with beauty, simplicity and originality. He turned the world’s values upside down when he announced, “Blessed are the poor” (not the rich), “Blessed are the meek” (not the powerful), “Blessed are the merciful” (not the conquerors). Since Yeshua came and taught true values, human ethics have never been the same.
He taught with authority, never citing other rabbis. Instead, when He taught he said, “I say unto you,” because there was no higher authority. His teachings were so wonderful that those sent to arrest Him could not lay a hand on Him. When asked why they had not brought Him, they exclaimed, “No man ever spoke like this Man!”
He Is Wonderful in His Love
Yeshua’s love is a perfect love. As the perfect Man, He proved His love for the Father by total obedience, saying, “Not my will, but Thy will be done.” He proved His love for people by ministering to their needs even when He Himself was hungry and fatigued. Most important, He proved His love for humanity by laying down His life. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
He Is Wonderful in His Ministry
In His humanity, He is the Lamb of God slain from the foundations of the world to bear our sin. In His resurrection, He is the way to eternal life for every believer. In His ascension, He is the great High Priest who ever lives to make intercession for us before God’s throne. His Holy Spirit is the Comforter who teaches, helps and consoles us in our earthly struggles. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who will return to reign in glory. Then as the Prince of Peace He will share His Kingdom with all who belong to Him.
Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel, is God’s gift to the whole world, and He is, indeed, Wonderful!