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by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord’s Day Evening, December 24, 2017

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Dr. Louis T. Talbot (1889-1976) was the pastor of the great Church of the Open Door, when it was located next to the public library, eight blocks north of our church here in the civic center of Los Angeles. Dr. R. A. Torrey was the founding pastor of that church, but it had dwindled down from 5,000 members to just a few hundred when Dr. Talbot came. He led that church through the Great Depression, and he led it to pay off the building and burn the mortgage note. He also led it in adding several thousand new members. When he retired Dr. J. Vernon McGee became the pastor. I heard many great preachers in that church building, men like Dr. M. R. DeHaan, Dr. Wilbur M. Smith, Dr. R. G. Lee, Dr. G. Beauchamp Vick, and Dr. Dick Hillis, the celebrated missionary to China and Taiwan. But Dr. Talbot was the man who saved the church building in the Depression and extended its outreach by sending out literally hundreds of missionaries and native workers, supported by his great church. Dr. Talbot was also a popular preacher on the radio during the 1930s and 1940s. I knew him, and his wife spoke in our church shortly after he passed away. Here is what Dr. Talbot said,

      One of the most beautiful of the Christmas choruses which we shall hear...when we commemorate our Lord’s birth will be from Handel’s Messiah, entitled, “For unto us a Child Is Born.” Even as we think of it, the music rings in our ears:
      “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
      “For unto us a Child is Born” is as beautiful in its way as the awe-inspiring “Hallelujah Chorus” – majestic, worshipful, sublime! Handel must have been a devoted Christian as well as a close student of the Bible, or he could never have composed this most beautiful of oratorios, “The Messiah”... Read its pages and you will find a masterful compilation of Old Testament prophecies of the coming Saviour and King; the story of His suffering, death, resurrection and ascension into Heaven; and the prophecies of His coming again in power and great glory...A careful reading of Handel’s “The Messiah” will show that the musician not only was a master of his art, but that he also loved the One of whom he wrote, remembering that “his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Louis T. Talbot, D.D., “The Names of Our Lord”).

The names given to Jesus in the Bible are highly significant. And the Bible lists many of His names: Saviour, Christ, the Lamb of God, Emmanuel, Son of God, Son of man, the Word, the Holy One, the Redeemer, Shiloh, Peacemaker, the Good Shepherd, the Nazarene, the Carpenter, the Servant of Jehovah, the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley, Chiefest among Ten Thousand, and many more. But none of His names are more significant than the ones given by the prophet Isaiah – Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Let us think of these names for a few minutes tonight.

I. First, His name shall be called Wonderful.

Spurgeon said Jesus was wonderful in the past. Consider His eternal existence, begotten of His Father from before all worlds were made. Of the same substance as the Father. Begotten, not created; co-equal, co-eternal, “very God of very God.” The Divine nature of Jesus is truly wonderful. Veiled in human flesh, we see Him in Bethlehem’s manger, a wonderful baby, God with us, our Emmanuel! He was wonderful throughout His brief life on earth. Jesus of Nazareth was the King of Heaven. And yet He became poor, despised, persecuted, and slandered. That I cannot understand, but I love Him for it. I will praise Him as long as I have breath for His suffering, His condescension, to save a sinner like me. But I will never understand it. All through His life His name must be called Wonderful!

But see Him dying on the Cross. See Him bearing your sin in His own body there. See the nails piercing His hands and feet. See His bloody, scourged back and thorn-crowned brow. How He could leave the glory of Heaven and come to such an end as this astonishes me. Truly Thy name is Wonderful! Jesus, Was ever grief like Thine? Was ever love like Thine? Here is matchless love – matchless love to make Him suffer, matchless power to enable Him to endure all the weight of His Father’s wrath. And here is matchless mercy, that He should suffer so to save us sinful men from the Hell that we deserve. “His name shall be called Wonderful.”

But see him rising from the dead. God did not leave His soul in Hell, nor did He suffer His Holy One to see corruption! He rises from the dead. He folds the napkin that was on His face and places it carefully upon the slab. The stone rolls back, and Jesus walks from out that tomb into the morning sun. “His name shall be called Wonderful.”

Now He ascends back to His Father. They crane their necks to see Him rise. At last the angel says that He will come again – back through the clouds through which they saw Him rise. “His name shall be called Wonderful.”

II. Second, His name shall be called Counsellor.

When He was on this earth few men listened to His counsel. And His counsel is still rejected by the unbelieving world tonight. Even those of us who love Him all too often fail to look to Him for counsel and for guidance. We are self-willed, impatient and forgetful of our utter dependence on Him who “doeth all things well.”

But when He comes again it will not be so. Then all men will call Him “Counsellor.” When He shall sit upon the throne of David, then all men everywhere will seek Him and obey His counsel. Christ will be the righteous Judge as well as the King of Kings in that glorious day. And He shall be the Counsellor of all the world. As Dr. Watts so beautifully said,

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
   Does his successive journeys run;
His kingdom spread from shore to shore,
   Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
(“Jesus Shall Reign” by Dr. Isaac Watts, 1674-1748).

III. Third, His name shall be called the mighty God.

Men do not call Him by that exalted name today. Your college professor calls Him a misguided fool. The Hindus call Him an “avatar.” The Muslims call Him a mere prophet. The Jehovah’s Witnesses call Him a created being. But the Holy Bible calls Him “the mighty God.” Hallelujah!!! He is God Almighty, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity! All things in Heaven and in earth were made by Him. “The mighty God.” What a name for Jesus!

“Mighty” – what a word! He is the source of all energy, all power, all majesty and might! Christ’s power brought the world into being. His voice brought order out of chaos, light out of darkness, life out of everlasting condemnation and death! By the power of Christ all nature fulfills its mission. Every flower, every bird, every tree, every mountain, every valley, every clap of thunder and flash of lightning speaks of the power of Christ! His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, and the Mighty God!

IV. Fourth, His name shall be called the Everlasting Father.

That name is too high for me to explain. I therefore bow to Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers. Spurgeon said, “Our Lord’s proper name, so far as Godhead is concerned, is not the Father, but the Son. Let us beware of confusion. The Son is not the Father, neither is the Father the Son; [this] is to be carefully believed and observed...the Father is not the Son, and the Son is not the Father. Our text has no bearing upon the position and titles of the three Persons with regard to each other; it does not indicate the relation of Deity to itself, but [rather] the relation of Jesus Christ to us. He is to us ‘the everlasting Father’!” (C. H. Spurgeon, “His Name – The Everlasting Father”).

He is everlasting, “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). He always was. He is evermore the same. He is called “Father.” In what sense is Jesus a Father? He is federally a Father, the head of all the redeemed, as the last Adam. The curse comes upon us because the first Adam was the federal head of our race. Adam was our father. But now that we are in Christ, He is our federal head. He is the Father of His people. Adam is not our “everlasting Father,” but Jesus is, as the head of the new covenant. He is the Father of all Christians, the Father of Christianity, the Father of the entire system under which we are saved by grace. If you are lost, Adam is still your father. But if you have been saved by Him, Jesus is now your “everlasting Father,” and the Saviour of your soul.

V. Fifth, His name shall be called the Prince of Peace.

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem the angels appeared unto certain shepherds, and they said,

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14).

Jesus came to give us peace. Through Him we have peace with God. The Bible says, “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). That’s why He died on the Cross, to pay for our sins, and reconcile us to God. He “made peace through the blood of his cross” (Colossians 1:20).

But when He comes again, through the clouds of heaven, “The Prince of Peace” will establish peace on earth. In that day He will “judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:4).

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

I pray that you will trust Jesus soon. All these beautiful names show what He can do for you. He can save your soul, and take you home to glory. His Blood can make the vilest clean. His Blood availed for me! Amen. As John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

Jesus died on the Cross to atone for all your sin. Jesus rose from the dead to give you eternal life. Turn away from your sin and trust Jesus with all that is within you. Jesus will save you for all time and for all eternity. Amen.

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“What Child Is This?” (by William C. Dix, 1837-1898).



by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

I.    First, His name shall be called Wonderful.

II.   Second, His name shall be called Counsellor.

III.  Third, His name shall be called the mighty God.

IV.  Fourth, His name shall be called the Everlasting Father,
Hebrews 13:8.

V.   Fifth, His name shall be called the Prince of Peace, Luke 2:14;
Romans 5:1; Colossians 1:20; Isaiah 2:4; 9:6; John 1:29.