Over the course of the next 5 weeks, the YAN team will be sharing to a series of short blogs on the foretold descriptors of Jesus, as described in Isaiah 9.
“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, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 NKJV
His name will be called... Wonderful
Depending on the bible translation you read, the use of this word will be a name in its own right or adjective for Counsellor, here we will explore the former.
So have you never contemplated the significance of the word wonderful to describe Jesus in any depth? I hadn’t, it just seemed like a natural fit, an almost obvious term to describe His nature.
On initial thinking ‘wonderful‘ to me was kind of, but not completely, synonymous with excellence or something extra special. It seemed different as when I considered the context in which I would use it, more emotive and maybe mysterious scenarios came to mind. A little like tucking into a meal that tasted incredible, but not being sure of all the component parts that made it so good.
In researching the root meaning of the word in this context, the Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon describe it as something, “extraordinary [and] hard to understand”. This is a different interpretation of our modern meaning, often referring to something that principally brings, “delight, pleasure, or admiration” (Oxford Dictionary).
So what is the implication of Jesus being Wonderful? There are many.
He wants us to know Him, yet He is beyond being fully known.
He is relatable and at the same time beyond our full understanding.
He is complex, but seeks relationship with everyday people in the simplest ways.
This season, amidst all the competition for our attention, may our heads and hearts know more of Jesus, who is extraordinary in all ways imaginable.