What’s in a name?
Names were very significant in biblical times. A name may describe someone’s character or point to one’s destiny. For example, the name Jacob highlighted the fact that he was a deceiver. The name Abraham pointed to his destiny: he would be the father of many nations.
Although all names were significant, no name is more significant than the name given to God’s Son, The Lord Jesus Christ. It may surprise you that there are more than one hundred names or titles given to the Son of God in the Bible. Here are some of just a few of those names.
In Isaiah 9:6 alone there are four names that are given to the Son of God; Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace.
For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6, CSB)
And in Isaiah 7:14, Jesus is called “Immanuel” meaning, “God with us.”
Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: See, the virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14, CSB)
In Philippians 2, the Apostle Paul reminds us that Jesus has been given a name that is above every other name.
6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. 7 Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, 8 he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even to death on a cross. 9 For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:6-11, CSB)
In Revelation 5, Jesus is called “the Lamb” the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” and the “Root of David.”
5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Look, the Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered so that he is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:5, CSB)
All of His names are wonderful, but to me the most wonderful name of all is the name of Jesus. Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew “Joshua” or “Yeshua” and means; “The Lord is Salvation.”
In Matthew 1, the Bible says;
20 But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21, CSB)
During this holiday season let’s be mindful of the fact that the Lord Jesus was the Father’s love gift to a lost and sinful world.
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