What is in a Name?

  My name is Max E Smith.  How I got that name, so I am told, is that my mother was hoping for a baby girl, but I came.  She had picked out the name, Maxine, for her girl.  Since I was a boy, she just shortened the name to Max E.  I have no middle name just the letter ‘E’.  Interesting how children are named.

  It was not up to Joseph and Mary to name their son. An angel told Joseph, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”   Matthew 1:21 

  The name, Jesus, is the Greek form of the Jewish name, Joshua.  Joshua means “Jehovah is salvation.”  Jesus was born to save God’s people from their sins.  The whole purpose for His coming was to “seek and to save the lost. “  We find other names for Jesus in the Old Testament scriptures such as: “Emmanuel, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Each reveals a particular trait expected in Jesus.  Jesus is the Greek word in the New Testament for the Hebrew word in the Old Testament “Messiah.”   This Jesus is the fulfillment of all Old Testament prophecies.

  I am stirred by the Bill Gaither song, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus; There is just something about that name.”
“Jesus, the mere mention of His name can calm the storm, heal the broken, raise the dead.
At the name of Jesus, I’ve seen sin hardened men melted, derelicts transformed, the light of hope put back in the eyes of a hopeless child. 
At the name of Jesus, hatred and bitterness turn to love and forgiveness, arguments cease.
I’ve heard a mother softly breathe His name at the bedside of a child delirious from fever, and I’ve watched that little body grow quiet and the fevered brow cool.
I’ve sat beside a dying saint, her body racked with pain,who in those final fleeting seconds summoned her last ounce of ebbing strength to speak earth’s sweetest name, Jesus, Jesus.

  Emperors have tried to destroy it, philosophies have tried to stamp it out.  Tyrants have tried to wash it from the face of the earth with the very blood of those who claimed it.  Yet still it stands.
And there shall be that final day when every voice that has ever uttered a sound–every voice of Adam’s race shall raise in one great mighty chorus to proclaim the name of Jesus–for in that day “every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

  Ah, so you see, it was not mere chance that caused the angel one night long ago to say to a virgin maiden, “His name shall be called Jesus.”   JESUS, JESUS, JESUS
You know, there is something about that name.”

  We may ask, “What’s in a name?”  There is everything in the name of Jesus. That name stands for the person of Jesus, the Christ, God’s Son. There is salvation in the name of Jesus. 
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there  is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”  Acts 4:12 

Jesus alone is unique in that He came from God and is able to tell us all about God. In Jesus, the distant, unknowable, invisible, unreachable God has come to earth.  Jesus is God with us and that’s Good News. Jesus is the greatest gift we could ever receive.  And that is what Christmas is all about.  Christmas is all about Jesus.             CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS BY CELBRATING JESUS

One Response to “What is in a Name?”

  1. “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus; There is just something about that name.” That brings back sweet memories of singing that song with our dear sisters and brothers in Christ in the seniors bible study you tought. With love and wishes for a joyous Christmas

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