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Names have determined so much in our history and our environment but more important yet they determine our destiny. God is a great lover of names and name giving. The book of Revelation says, we will get new names in heaven. The Bible is full of genealogies which are just lists of names. Many of them mean nothing to us but they were important to God and His people. God gave the first man and woman their names and He gave the second Adam His name as well. This most important child ever born on this planet was named by his true Father in heaven. Gabriel came to M ary and said to her in Luke 1:31, “you will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.’ Later in a dream the same message came to Joseph in Matt.1:21. The angel of the Lord said to him, “she will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sin.” Like the spirit of the child, the name of the child also came from heaven. This name was so important to God He made sure both of His earthly parents received a supernatural message as to what they were to name Jesus.
This name is now the most celebrated name in history. Like the vast majority of babies Jesus was born without fanfare or fame. There were no reporters and no headlines for though all heaven rang as the angels sang, on earth there was barely a ripple. Everything is different now, There’s no other name like that of Jesus, There’s none in all the world beside, For there’s no other name can give salvation, In His love I will abide. There are more songs on the name of Jesus than any other name-Jesus Is The Sweetest Name I Know; Take The Name Of Jesus With You; There’s Something About That Name and His Name Is Wonderful, Just to mention a few that are well known. The prophet Isaiah predicted that a child would be born in Israel who would acquire a name for himself- a name above every name. If you like to know big names then you will want to get acquainted with this coming child, Isaiah would advise. His name will be the biggest ever. In fact, His name is so big it is a multiple name. There are not enough powerful descriptive adjectives to describe it. Isaiah says He shall be called Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
Wonderful or full of wonder is His name. It inspired Handel’s Glorious Messiah with it’s Hallelujah Chorus that has brought millions to their feet before the bearer of this name. Napoleon was rightly awestruck by this name. He said, “Is it not amazing that whereas the ambitious dreams of Caesar, Alexander and myself should have vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant should be able to stretch a hand across the centuries and control the destinies of nations and the children of men.”
There is no other name like that of Jesus. It is truly a wonder. Emerson said, “His name is not so much written as ploughed into the history of the world.” At one time the Christians celebrated the birth of Jesus on a pagan holiday. Now the pagan world celebrates on a Christian holiday. Everything connected with the name of Jesus is transformed for His name is wonderful and does wonders. There is no greater wonder in the universe than the wonder of Christmas. This marks the day when our planet was invaded by a superior force from another realm. A power opposed to the sin and folly of human nature and yet it did not invade to destroy but to redeem. This is no minor wonder but rather the greatest wonder of all and that is why His name of Wonderful.
He did not come to judge the world,
He did not come to blame,
He did not come to seek, it was to save He came,
And when we call Him Savior, then we call Him by His name.
There are so many names of Jesus in the Bible that He is literally all things to all men. He is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.
He is to the artist-THE ONE ALTOGETHER LOVELY
He is to the architect-THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE
He is to the baker-THE LIVING BREAD
He is to the biologist-THE LIFE
He is to the builder-THE SURE FOUNDATION
He is to the carpenter-THE DOOR
He is to the doctor-THE GREAT PHYSICIAN
He is to the educator-THE TRUTH
He is to the farmer-THE LORD OF THE HARVEST
He is to the florist-THE ROSE OF SHARON, THE LILY OF THE VALLEY
He is to the philosopher-THE WISDOM OF GOD
He is to the preacher-THE WORD OF GOD
He is to the statesman-THE DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS
We could go on almost endlessly as there are several hundred names, titles and symbols of Jesus in the Bible. But the name above all these names is the name that covers all the rest and that name is Jesus, the Savior of His people. This is the most wonderful of all His wondrous names.
This is the name God gave to Mary and Joseph. This is the name that makes Christmas the greatest day of celebration in history. This is the name that opens the gates of heaven. In God’s plan it is not what you know but who you know that makes the difference. If you know this name you can get into the very presence of God. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life no one comes to the Father but by me.” There is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved. This name is the open seseme to the mind of God.
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