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Easter is a time of celebration. It is interesting to me how many people honor the Resurrection like it was a funeral. Let me tell you something, Jesus put the fun in funeral because He overcame death, He overcame sin, and He overcame Hell. He did die on the Cross as a sacrifice for our sins but three days later He rose from the dead.
Jesus died and He lived to tell about it! That is why we are able to rejoice.
Jesus has many names: Savior, Messiah, Redeemer, Healer, Comforter, Provider, Salvation, Deliverer, Way Maker. God is the Alpha the Omega, Creator. Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.
In all my years as a Christian and in all my years of listening to sermons, I have never once heard a message on the name Wonderful. Wonderful is not just a description of what He is and what He does - His name is Wonderful.
Wonderful means – Inspiring, delightful, magnificent, superb, awesome, astonishing (it takes your breath away because what you are seeing is so worth admiring.) Wonderful is extremely good. Wonderful is something transcendent and beyond the common; something that is miles beyond the ordinary. It means something altogether unlike anything else.
When you look at the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls or El Capitan in Yellowstone National park you know you are seeing something wonderful. When you read about how David killed Goliath, when Peter walked on water or Moses parted the Red Sea so Israel could cross over; you are learning about something simply magnificent. There are moments in the life of every Christian's walk when you press in and get to know Him that you realize how extraordinary our God is.
This Resurrection Sunday I pray that all of us have the life changing revelation of the love of God. The love of God is so accepting, so selfless, so complete so all encompassing that it transforms all who are the object of His affection. The love of a spouse or the love of a child will fill you with joy but it can never make you whole, it can never make you complete. The love of God makes us perfect, healed, and whole. Paul prayed for the saints to realize the enormity of God’s love for them. Ephesians 3:17-19 - that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
If you want to see the wonder of God sit by the side of a lake and listen to the gentle lapping of water on the shore or stand by the ocean and hear the roar of the waves. Stand in a field of wheat and feel the breeze as the wind cools you down in the evening or you can observe the amazing power of a tornado. He is wonderful. Romans 1:20 (AMP) - For ever since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through His workmanship [all His creation, the wonderful things that He has made], so that they [who fail to believe and trust in Him] are without excuse and without defense.
If you want to know how wonderful God is just look at His creation. All of us have stood at the ocean’s edge or up at a mountain top in awe or the beauty of the Lord
Because He is Wonderful You are Wonderful. The truth is that you can look at some people and they do indeed make you wonder. Understand you are not a mistake. You were never an accident. Oh you may have been unplanned by your parents but you were designed by God.
Psalm 139:13-14- For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
Somebody needs to hear this today. You are purposefully and wonderfully made. You are God’s creation. You are unique. You are not a unique freak. You are beautiful in the sight of God. He formed you, made you, created you and you are marvelous. David said and that my soul knows very well. You are marvelously you. Do you know how marvelous and how wonderful you are? I believe one of the ways that God’s resurrection power works in our lives is to cause us to realize that we are wonderfully made. That is not pride, it is simply a recognition that you are God’s handy work. You are a wonder as certainly as any of God’s other creations. God made you so that when others see you they know that there is a God. Think about that.
He is Wonderful!
May the Lord bless you and your family this Resurrection season,
Pastor Marvin & Dawn-
Christ the Lord is Risen!