By Bill Brandstatter
One of my favorite songs is “A Wonderful Savior is Jesus My Lord.” The song expresses why Jesus is wonderful. Let me mention why He is wonderful to me. Isaiah writes about Jesus being called, “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Is. 6:9). Joseph was told by an angel that Mary would “bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS for He will save His people from their sins” (Mt. 1:21). So, Jesus was a Wonderful Savior. Let’s look at some reasons why He is.
He is wonderful because He is a wonderful teacher. One person stated about Him: John 7:46- “No man ever spoke like this Man!” Nicodemus expressed the wonderful nature of our Lord’s teaching when he said, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” (John 3:2 NKJV) Truly Jesus taught like no one else before or since. Matthew states his teaching was authoritative, unlike the scribes (Mt. 7:29). A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord!
He is wonderful because of His resurrection. When the women went to the tomb on a Sunday morning, they were looking for his body to embalm. Instead, they found and empty tomb and an angel on the stone that was rolled away from the tomb. The angel stated, “He is not here, but is risen!” (Luke 24:6) He proved He was the Son of God by His resurrection (Rom.1:4). Because of His resurrection, we have hope of being resurrected to a new life one day (John 6:40; 11:25, 26). Paul helps our understanding by writing: “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead” (1 Cor15:20,21). A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord!
He is wonderful because He died willingly for us. Jesus Christ willingly came to earth to save us. Paul details this for us in Phil. 2:5-11. There he states Jesus Christ did the following: He made Himself of no reputation, he took the form of a bondservant, and came in the likeness of man. Then in Phil. 2:8, states, “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Peter writes that He took our place on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24). If I were the only person who ever lived, Jesus did it willingly for me. A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord!
He is wonderful because He did the will of the Father. It was in the will of God that Jesus die for the sins of mankind. He was “foreordained before the foundation of the world but was manifest in these last times.” (1 Pet. 1:20). While suffering in the flesh as a man, Jesus wanted the suffering to go away. Then He stated, “Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will” (Mark 14:36). Peter stated on the Day of Pentecost that what happened to Jesus was the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God (Acts 2:23). A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord!
He is wonderful because He humbled Himself. Paul tells us in Philippians chapter 2 that He left His place in heaven and came to earth and “humbled Himself” and came in the likeness of man (vs. 5-8). He taught us what true humility is. He said that others should humble themselves as a little child to enter the kingdom of heaven (Mt. 18:3). He showed us how to humble ourselves so we can be lifted up (James 4:10). A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord.
He is wonderful because He is wise. In Jesus, we find the wisdom of God. As a young boy, we read about His wisdom: “And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” (Luke 2:40) In Revelation 5:12, we read, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord!”
He is wonderful because He is personal. As I stated earlier, He died for me (1 Pet. 2:24). He took my place on the cross. He understands me (Heb. 4:15). He is my intercessor (Heb. 7:25). He is my advocate with the Father (1 Jn.2:1). Truly, a wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord! Jesus needs to be our Savior and we need to make Him Lord of our lives, if He is not already. Then we can all truly say, “A Wonderful Savior is Jesus My Lord.”