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SUNDAY'S EASTER SERMON! "HIS NAMEr
SHALL BE CALLED WONDERFUL"
BY THE REV. BILLY SUNDAY
(Copyrighted, 1915, 'by Newspaper
Text "His name shall be
' called Wonderful." Isaiah 9:16.
In olden times all names meant or
stood for something and this is still
the case among Indians, and all other
people who are living in a primitive
way. There are 256 names for the
Lord Jesus Christ, and I suppose this
is because He was infinitely more
than any one name could express.
Of the many names given to Christ
it is my purpose at this time to briefly
consider this one. "His name shall
be called Wonderful." Let us look in
to it somewhat and see whether He
was true to His name, which was
given Him by the prophet 800 years
before He was born. Does the name
fit His? It is such a name as He
ought to have.
Wonderful means something that is
transcendently beyond the common,
say that the Yellowstone Park, Niag
ara Falls and Grand Canyon of Colo
rado are wonderful because there is
nothing else like them.
His birth was wonderful, for no
other ever occurred that was like it.
It was wonderful in that He had but
one human parent, and so inherited
the nature of man and. the nature of
princes and the King of Kings, and
ye his birth was not looked forward
to in glad expectation, as the birth of
a prince usually is, in the royal pal
ace, and celebrated with marked ex
pression of joy all over the country.
There was no room for Him at the
inn and He had to be bom in a stable,
and cradled in a manger, and yet an
gels proclaimed it with joy from the
sky, to a few humble shepherds in
sheepskin coat, who were guarding
the flocks by night.. Mark how He
might have come, with all the, pomp
and all the glory of the upper world.
But JHe gave up all the glory of that
world and was born of a poor woma
and His cradle was a manger.
Think what He had come for. He
had come to bless, not to curse; to
lift up, not to cast down; to seek and
to save that which was lost; to give,
sight to the blind; to open prison
doors and set captives free; to reveal
the Father's love; to give rest to the
weary; to be a blessing to the wholq
world and yet there was no room
He came to do THAT and you
have no room for Him in your heart!
You don't like my preaching. Walk;
up and tell me how you can be a
Christian and see this great battle
and knock me. You're a child of the.
His character was wonderful, for
no other has ever approached it hj
perfection. It is wonderful that thq
greatest character ever produced
should have come out of such obscu-f
rity to become the most famous of aU
Lhistory. That such a time, and such
a country, and such a people should,
have produced Jesus Christ can be,
accounted for on no other ground
than his divinity. On his return from:
a trip to the Holy Land I said to a;
preacher friend: "What made th
greatest impression upon you while
"Nazareth!" he answered mstant-i
ly, and gave this reason:
The same kind of people are living
there today as in the time of Jesus
and they are about the worst specif
mens of humanity I have seen any-?
where. Lazy, lustful, ignorant andc
wicked, and to think of His comingi
out from such a people is to me surq,
proof of His divinity. Had I not been
a believer in His divinity before going
there I would have to believe it now."
His life was wonderfuL Wonderfulj
for its sinlessness and for its useful
ness and His unselfishness. Even Hug
enemies could not bring against Hu
any graver charge than that -Ofy