What’s In a Name?
What is your name? Were you named after someone special? I was named after one of my mother’s dearest friends and it is interesting that we both share a deep love of music. Whenever I think of her, it makes me smile because she always signed letters and cards “with love from your namesake” and a big smiley face.
When we made our Via de Cristo weekends, on Thursday evening as they are telling us to be fully present so that we can get the most out of the time spent there, one of the things that they say is “set aside your name and the importance you attach to it.” I found that weird at first, until I thought about it in this manner; “set aside your name and the importance YOU attach to it.” Think about the importance that JESUS attaches to it instead: our names are written on the palms of His hands, our names are written in Heaven. And He says that he has known us since before we were formed in our mother’s womb. That should make you smile and feel very special!
Now think of the name Jesus; When Mary was told by the Holy Spirit that she would bear a son, she was told to name him Jesus because He would be the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Son of God, Savior of the world. What a name! In Philippians 2: 9-11, we read “God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is 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 acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Take that one step further now, In John 1:12, it says “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” And in Romans 8:15-17, we read, “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs– heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” So our name as “Christian” means sonship, belonging to God, and indeed very special to our Lord and Savior Jesus. And most important to remember, our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life so that we are assured of spending eternity in heaven with all those who have gone before us whose names were also recorded there, our brother Jesus and God our Father.
By: Jan Foster