The late Reverend Billy Graham once spoke about the seven wonders of God.
Reverend Graham noted that the first wonder of God is His love. Imagine, the Creator of Everything, loves us and is interested in you and me as if we were the only people who had ever lived. This is true even as we sin against Him. God still wants to put His arms around us and tell us, “I love you.”
Psalm 63:3-4 (ESV)
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
In fact, God’s tremendous love for us led to the second wonder of God: God coming to live among us. God became a man named Immanuel-God is with Us. The First Advent of Jesus is God’s second wonder.
Jesus, fully God, fully man, leads us to the third wonder of God: the Cross. It is on the Cross that Jesus died for you and for me. On the Cross, Jesus was pierced for our transgressions and bore our iniquity upon His shoulders. In that excruciating, painful suffering, God laid all our sins on Him, atoning for us what we could not ever possibly atone for ourselves.
Revelation 3:20 (ESV)
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
From the Cross, we derive God’s fourth wonder-the wonder of repentance. To repent means to change direction or to turn around. When we repent, we turn from the wrong path straying away from God to the right path walking with God. Through repentance, we change from our old ways to our new life. Thus, repentance is the fourth wonder of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Because of the fourth wonder of God, we receive the fifth wonder of God-the gift of peace and joy that comes from Christ. God’s wondrous love and gracious forgiveness is ours to freely receive because of Jesus’ atoning work on the Cross and our repentance.
The sixth wonder of God is His plan for the future. Your future. My future. The future of the world. As believers, we can take comfort in knowing that in the future God will return. Jesus is coming back.
The seventh wonder of God is our individual commitment to Jesus Christ. When we repent and believe, we experience genuine life change. We are rescued from sin and freed from the sting of death. Through our commitment to Jesus, you and I can claim an eternal life spent in the presence of God forever and ever. Amen.
Chris Tomlin-Resurrection Power