What's in a name?

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

As most of you know, we are expecting baby #5 at our home. And, the conversation of late has been in choosing a name- especially a name that Brian and I can agree upon without the kids breaking out in groans! When we first had Andrew, we had no intention of naming all of our kids with a beginning letter of "A." We loved "Andrew" and always had "Ashley" picked out for a girl's name. Well, when Ashley came, we knew exactly what we would name her. (I don't even remember IF we had a boy's name picked out!) When Aly came, both Brian and I loved the name "Alyssa," so she joined the ranks with an "A" name, too. By baby #4, we knew we had to keep the A theme rolling, or else the child could have a complex- being the only child without an "A" name. So, we choose Aaron. Needless to say, we have pretty much depleted our inventory of "A" names that everyone likes!

And, choosing a baby name is hard work! There is so much to think about when you are deciding a name that will follow the child around for the rest of his/her life... We have lots of ideas for girl's names. It is the possibility that the the baby is a boy that is "throwing" us. Is that name masculine enough for a boy (Brian's concern!) And, with all the girls today "stealing" boys names, every suggestion I have makes Brian think "girl," and he says, I like that for a girl. And, since I was a school teacher, there are a few names I can't use because I had a "___" in my class- no way! So, here is our dilemma. I have said we may have to name a boy Brian Jr. and Brian says we may just pick out a different lettered name, place an A in front and tell everyone the A is silent. Hmmmmmmm....

All of this pondering made me think of the names of Jesus. And, as we focus on our precious Lord at Christmas, I thought it would be wonderful to ponder upon a few of His names.

Isaiah prophesied, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

When Job was devastated and in a place of destitution, when his "breath was offensive to his wife, when he was loathsome to his brothers, ridiculed and detested," he said, "I know my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth, and after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes." No matter what we are going through, we have a Redeemer who LIVES. He will redeem our lives from the pit. He will place us on level ground. He will wipe away every tear. He will redeem our lives from the ashes.

John said in the beginning of His gospel, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Through Him all things were made." Jesus is the Living Word- the Word to trust upon, to believe in.

Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End- Do you need a new beginning? Are you worried about the end, how it will all turn out? Jesus is the Beginning- He makes all things new. He is the "fresh start" you are looking for. He is the End. He is the confidence, the security, the "final word" we need. And, because He knows the Beginning from the End, and understands the End from the Beginning, we can completely trust in Him. We can lay everything aside, resting in Him.

Ponder with me, especially over these next several days other names given to Jesus:
Immanuel- God with us
King of Kings
Light of the World
Morning Star
Lamb of God
Good Shepherd
The Way
Lord of Lords
Anointed One
Bread of Life
Chief Cornerstone
Great High Priest
Holy One
Righteous One
Lord of Glory

"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:5-11)

Amen and Amen and Amen!

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus- what a beautiful name!

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cubsfan said...

use that website to look at names.
I love the name Jesus