Wonderful

There are many words that are used to describe the love that God has poured out into the hearts of those who love Him. I am one who can personally describe hundreds of incredible events in my life in which the Lord accomplished wonderful results. When I was seven years old I was bitten by a baby Diamond Back Rattlesnake in Scottsdale, Arizona. A baby rattlesnake does not have the capacity to control the amount of venom that it injects into a victim. When it bites, it expels all the venom that it has. Within minutes I was extremely ill and in great distress. I ran over a mile before I made it back-home to my mother, collapsing into her arms. By the time that I arrived at the emergency room of the hospital, the doctors told my parents that it was too-late. The venom had circulated throughout my body and there was extensive and irreparable damage. Miraculously, I survived that ordeal, against all odds.

When I was 57 years old, I had a heart attack on a remote island in the Philippines where I was working to help the poor. By the time I arrived at the hospital, doctors had very little hope that I would survive. Upon my return to the United States, within days, I was taken to the emergency room of the Mayo Clinic. Again, doctors told me that I was near death and were not certain that I would survive. After several months of recovery; today, I am doing very well and hope to live another 2o years, the Lord willing.

After I returned to the United States for treatment, and just two months after my heart attack; my wife was diagnosed with a Craniopharyngioma, a tumor in the center or her brain. Requiring two extensive procedures, accomplished by two of the world’s leading surgeons; my wife’s life was also spared and she is slowly recovering. No one can convince me that these life threatening events were resolved by happenstance or by the expertise of Dr’s, alone. All of our physicians told us ahead of time, that they were not sure if we would survive, given the serious nature of our conditions.

I am writing this paragraph to you from our home on the white sands and blue waters of Bantayan Island. We returned to the Philippines, against all odds, and we are, once again; waiting to see what new and exciting adventures the Lord will take us on.

I have seen with my own eyes, people who have been healed; instantly. I have witnessed incredible events that are beyond comprehension—except that the Lord had made them possible. In all 41 of the years that I have known, and Loved Jesus; He has never once, let me down or disappointed me. He is, Wonderful.

This is the Savior that Isaiah described in his prophecy of chapter 9:6d. The Messiah will come to earth and be called: “Wonderful.”

Isaiah 9:6d 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…

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 21:15 But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant…

Luke 4:22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Matthew 4:24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.

Matthew 12:15 But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.

Matthew 9:2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”

What a Wonderful Savior He Is

The Hebrew word for Wonderful is pele’. In Isaiah 29:14, the Holy Spirit uses pele’ to describe the marvelous works that the Lord will do. In Exodus 15:11, pele’ is used to describe the Lord as Glorious in Holiness. In Psalms 77:1, pele’ is used to remember the works of the Lord as Wonders.[1]

The history of usage for the Hebrew word, pele’, is always in describing the works of God; as incredible and having no equal among anything else in the universe. This is also one of the unique qualities attributed to the Messiah. We see these identical qualities, ascribed to Jesus by the testimony of those who penned the New Testament. No other person in the history of the world has possessed all of these distinctive attributes of the Messiah, except Jesus.

All those who have come into a personal relationship with Jesus speak of how wonderful He is, and the amazing ways that He reveals Himself to those who sincerely seek Him with all of their heart. If we examine the works that Jesus has accomplished while on the earth, as attested-to in the four Gospels, we see that He healed people who were suffering, all of their life, with conditions which caused them incredible despair and hopelessness. We see people who are heavily burdened with sin and the regrets of past mistakes, instantly freed of their heavy burdens of guilt; when Jesus spoke the simple words: Your sins are forgiven…

Although Jesus, is described as the Creator/God of the universe, He allowed sinful and evil men to arrest Him, accuse Him of crimes that He did not commit, torture, beat Him, and put Him to death—by the most painful execution known to man. Jesus did all of these things because of His great love for sinners, and His fervent desire to spare all human beings from the future judgment of God. Jesus took the curse of hell and death that was ours and nailed it to His cross.

If Jesus cannot be ascribed the title of Wonderful, then the word should be stricken from all human language. It seems to this author that the reason the term Wonderful was created in the first place was to accurately define just how wonderful Jesus is, and what He has done for us.


[1] Strong’s Concordance of Hebrew words #6382, Englishman’s Concordance, three occurrences in the Old Testament.