Jesus the Christ: There’s Something about That Name! by Achkei "HK" Wilson
What’s in your name? Does it have meaning? What’s its significance? In a lesson, Pastor Norful emphasized that every component of your name has meaning. He explained that the value of your name is like rubies and treasure. But there is one name that reigns supreme.
As the songwriter said, “There’s something about the name Jesus.” He goes on to say, “It is the sweetest name I know.” So what is it about the name Jesus? The answer to this poignant question is so vast and so boundless that it’s impossible to answer with simplicity.
Studying the many names of Jesus is so uplifting and encouraging that you’re bound to find a new love and fondness for our Lord. According to allaboutjesuschrist.org, Bible scholars have discovered there are more than 700 names and titles ascribed for Jesus. These names not only identify Jesus’ character, but His personality and the love He has for you and me.
The Bible says an angel visited Joseph in a dream. In this dream, Joseph was told that the Holy Spirit would impregnate his fiancé, Mary, with a child. The angel also told Joseph the baby would be named Jesus, which means to save His people from their sins. Therefore, His name means Savior. Ecstatic visionaries called prophets brought word that this Savior would be called
Emmanuel, which means God with us. On a silent, yet holy night, in a manger of Bethlehem, Christ, The Messiah was born. After Jesus was born, wise men came from the east to Jerusalem and called him King of the Jews.
In the book of John, Jesus is referred to as The Word becoming flesh because in the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. One day as Jesus approached John the Baptist to get baptized, John greets Jesus as the Lamb of God to indicate that Jesus would become the sacrifice for all mankind.
Most of the time during Jesus’ life, His mere presence brought about a following. When the first disciples followed Jesus, they called him Rabbi, which means teacher. Jesus schooled even Nicodemus, a high ruler of the Jewish council, in knowing that in order to enter the kingdom of God, one must be born again. To be born again, one must profess with his mouth that God sent His one and only Son, and that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus is Alpha and Omega—meaning He is the beginning and the end. In the Christian faith, Jesus is part of the Trinity. The Trinity denotes that God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one with Jesus being an incarnate of God. In the book of Revelation, Jesus speaks about being the Ruler of God’s Creation. Could it be that when God said in Genesis, “Let us make man in our image…” that
He may have been speaking in the first, second and third person?
There is great intensity in knowing Jesus. The more contact you have with Him, the easier it is to accept that He is the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords. Nothing should faze you after an experience with Him. His divine appointment should shake you, and knock you to your knees.
Being fed by God the Father, is an awesome experience. He is the Bread of Life because He gives true spiritual nourishment. Jesus is our Redeemer, One who gave His life to save ours, and to deliver us from bondage. He is the Prince of Peace, The Comforter, The Rose of Sharon. When you lose yourself in Christ, you tend to call on His name to pull you through certain circumstances. The term Jehovah means The Lord.
For example, when you are unemployed and your benefits don’t seem to be enough to get you through the week, you call on Jehovah-Jireh, the Provider of all your needs. When you call on Jehovah-Nissi, you call on God to be a Banner to shield you from evil. Allow your battles to be His battles. When the enemy tempts you, you call on Jehovah Tsidkenu because we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. Ask Him to keep you on the path of righteousness. He can protect you and He can save you, for He is Elohim—God all by Himself.
According to Names of God by Rose Publishing, Elohim is used more than 2,300 times in the Bible, referring to God. And what did the Mother Mary call him? In the movie The Passion of the Christ, Mary is a mother who knows the path of her Son. She is protective of Him as a child, but prepares herself of what God has written for Him as a man. She calls him Yeshua, the Hebrew form of His name.
When I think of Calvary, I think of the hours that led up to the crucifixion. I can only imagine the disparaging names the people of Jerusalem called Him. As Pontius Pilate, the high magistrate, presented a scourged Jesus to the people; they demanded Pontius Pilate sentence Him to death by crucifixion. The road to Calvary was long and grueling. There was noise all around Him; there was social anarchy. Every step He took through the streets, and up the hill, left a trail of blood. The Bible doesn’t mention those who were saved on the way to Calvary, but I believe those who were sprayed by His blood as
the whip ripped the flesh off His body, were instantly saved. It is the unrecognizable power of His blood that Satan failed to realize as he watched with sheer delight.
On the cross, it was time for Jesus to “give up the ghost.” He’d been up there for a while. Above His crown of thorns, there was a sign that read INRI, which translates Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. As Jesus takes His last breath, I find myself weeping, as I place myself at that moment in time. It is finished. Everything around me is in slow motion. Everything is silent. There is a soldier who walks past me. He draws his sword and pierces the body of Jesus. The wind catches the blood and water that rains down on me. I am showered with His Spirit as I open my arms wide to cry out, “Master, save me!”
Jesus’ Profile...Strengths and Accomplishments Among many:
1) The world’s most outstanding teacher; His teaching was applicable, practical, and concrete.
2) Self-mastery and self-control
3) Nurturing, caring relationships with others
4) Accomplished grace and salvation for mankind
5) Power over death through resurrection. He lives!
Lessons from His Life
1) Jesus is our example in prayer, standing for truth, and rebuking sinners.
2) Loving and serving others should be priority.
3) Keeping God’s commandments is achievable.
4) A spiritually fruitful life requires death followed by resurrection.
1) Where: Born in Bethlehem, Lived in Nazareth and Galilee
2) Occupation: Carpenter
3) Relatives: Mary (Mother), Joseph (Father), James, Joses, Simon, and Jude (Brothers), Unnamed Sisters
One Key Verse
21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 (NKJV)
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