What’s In a Name?

There are countless Baby Name books available to expecting parents.  A simple search for “Baby Names” on Amazon.com produced more than 23,000 results!  If you ever need help naming a new baby, there is certainly no drought of information to help you establish the baby’s personal identity.  Of course getting the book of names is only the first step.  Next, you have to carefully scan the available names to find the perfect match.

When our oldest child was born, we didn’t really have any problems naming him.  Both Heather and I had a name picked out even before we knew he was going to be a boy.  It came very easy and we never changed.  Gabriel Scott was his name and we were set on it.  For our youngest, we searched for weeks to find the name that we wanted him to have.  We checked out the baby name books from the library and searched through them.  There was one night that I went down the list reading off the names in combination with our last name, hoping to find something that would stick.  This particular book had celebrity names, odd names, place names, bible names, and any other category you could think of, but we just couldn’t decide.  Finally, we chose Matthew Haddon, a name we are quite pleased with.

All this is to say that names are important.  The names we give our children will follow them for the rest of their lives.  As important as names are for us today, they were even more important to people who lived during Biblical times.  Names were a point of connection for people and God.  Names were a reminder of significant events or experiences.  Names were a means of remembering history.

We also know that names are one of the ways that God has revealed Himself to us.  The Old Testament is full of various names for God.  As people learned more about God, they ascribed another name based on his character.  In the Old Testament, God is named things like Provider, Protector, Healer, Banner, Seer, Redeemer, and a whole host of others.  The Old Testament promises One who would come later who would be known as the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace.  Upon His arrival, he would be given most important name of all – Jesus.  The Apostle Paul tells us that this name is so important, that there will come a day that at the mere mention of the name Jesus, that every knee on every leg would bend into a bowing position, and that every tongue in the universe, both living and deceased, would confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  That’s quite an important name!

Today, our music ministry is  leading us into an amazing worship experience that is all about that Name.  It leads me to a very important question.  Have you met the One named Jesus?  Have you given your life to Him in this life, willingly bowing  your knees in adoration of your Lord and Savior?  For if you do not in this life, you will be forced to in the next. Today, you can confess him as Lord and become His friend.  Once this life is over, you will confess Him as Lord, only as His enemy.  I think the choice is quite clear.

Gloria Gaither got it right in a very simple gospel chorus,

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there’s just something about that name.

Master, Savior, Jesus, like the fragrance after the rain.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus let all heaven and earth proclaim

Kings and kingdoms will all pass away, but there’s something about that name.

There Really Is Something about that name,

Pastor Brian

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