More Than Wonderful by David Cawston

More Than Wonderful
David Cawston
Isaiah 9:6-7

The prophet when given a view of Christ found that his words were inadequate to enumerate and describe the qualities his dream or vision meant.
He gave play to his emotions and set down this alluring word!
"WONDERFUL!"

It was a confession of failure on his part. He had done his best to describe the figure he saw in his vision, and so he summed it up in a general description:
"WONDERFUL!"

Jesus has been the center of the world's thought for 1900 years

He is as truly an object of wonder today and he was to the first impressive group that gathered around him!

Let us look at his wonderfulness in three areas:
1. Story of the Gospels
2. Record of History
3. Testimony of Personal Experience

I. Story of the Gospels
Whenever Jesus appeared He impressed those who saw him. They always had a comment or response!
Sometimes the response was
--hostility
--impatience
--shame
--life long devotion

But there is one word which applies to every case:
--the conscience-stricken
--the penitent
--the admiring
--the aspiring
--the critical
--the hostile

"WONDERFUL"
Again and again it may be read:
"they marveled at Him"

* From the shepherds
* to the manger
* to the centurion at the cross
What manner of man is this?
Who is this?

A. They wondered at his speech
In Nazareth
Luke 4:21-22
21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?
(KJV)

Sea of Galilee
Luke 8:24-25
24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds ...


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