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Jesus, Name Above All Names

Jesus, Name Above All Names

Jesus, name above all names,

Beautiful Saviour, glorious Lord,

Emmanuel, God is with us,

Blessed Redeemer, Living Word.

Jesus, Lord God Almighty,

Wonderful Counsellor, Light of the world,

The Prince of Peace, Hope of glory,

Man of Sorrows, Lamb of God.

Jesus Christ is the central figure of the Bible. He is God’s gift to mankind and our only hope. The Old Testament pointed to His coming. Virtually every line of the New Testament helps to portray Him. There is little danger of our over magnifying Him. To know God we must know Jesus (Matt. 11:27). To receive God we must receive Jesus (Matt. 10:40). To love God we must love Jesus (John 8:42; 16:27). To come to God we must come to Jesus (Matt. 11:28; John 14:6). To obey God we must obey Jesus (Matt. 7:21, 24; Heb. 5:9). To honour God we must honour Jesus (John 5:23).

Names and titles are meaningful in the Scriptures. The personal name given to the Son of God is significant. Many titles are applied to Him in the bible, and we need to know their meaning that we might honour Him more fully. A “name” is a word or phrase that distinguishes and identifies; it is that by which something is marked and known. Adam gave names to the cattle, birds of the air, and beasts of the field (Gen. 2:19-20). There are common names and class names. For example, “apple” is the name of a certain class of fruit. There are proper and personal names. “Golden Delicious” is the name of a particular variety of apple. “Man” is the name of a class of creatures. “Dean Smith” is a proper name used by a man for personal identity.

A “title” is a name of designation of rank, office, dignity, or honour. The “President of South Africa” is a tile applied to one man. We have no problem in distinguishing between the man’s ‘name’ and his ‘tile’ that reflects his rank, office and/or his position.

Jesus.

When the Messiah came He would have to have a name that His people could call him just as we have names today. Jesus is the personal name of our Lord that was chosen and announced before His birth (Luke 1:31). Even His enemies called Him by this name (John 19:19) putting it beyond all doubt that He is a King. In Matt 1:20 The Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that Mary would give birth to a son that was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Matt 1:21 “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  

Saviour

The title “Saviour” means ‘deliverer’ or ‘preserver’. It is sometimes applied to God but it is appropriate for Jesus as the author of our salvation. Many Samaritans acknowledged Jesus to be “the Christ, the Saviour of the world” (John 4:42). It is not uncommon to find several titles grouped together, such as “our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”

Lord.

This title is applied frequently to Jesus in the New Testament. Although Jesus could be called “Lord” because He is our Owner, having purchased our redemption, or as Master deserving our service, or as Ruler over us, as His Deity was revealed, the title “Lord” took on deeper meaning. John 20:28 “Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’”

Emmanuel

Jesus was God. (John 1:1). When Jesus became ‘flesh’ (John 1:14) He did not become a ‘new being’, but became a ‘different kind’ of being. God (spirit) had become a human being (flesh) and given the name “Immanuel” (or Emmanuel in the KJV) which means “God is with us.” Matt 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).”

God

Jesus Christ has all the divine attributes that the Father has, but Jesus Christ is not the Father. He is the Son of God. (Luke 1:35) Also The Jews sought to kill him because it made him equal to God. (John 5:18) However in John 1:1 John declares that He was God. The Hebrew writer also removes any doubt when he says (Heb 1:8) “But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the sceptre of uprightness is the sceptre of your kingdom.”

Redeemer

Because sin has separated man from God, a price had to be paid that we may be reconciled to God once again. We ourselves are unable to pay God, and that a redemption price was to be paid; someone had to pay that price! Jesus paid that price and can therefore be referred to as a ‘redeemer.’ He substituted himself for the price which we were “suppose” to pay (Titus 2:14). “who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

Word

The term “Word” (Greek word logos) was familiar to Jew and Greek alike in Jesus’ time. John therefore took this expression and declared that Jesus Christ was the ‘unknown factor’ now ‘made known’, and is the wisdom and power of God embodied in the flesh. (John 1:1) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Counsellor

Jesus Christ has become the ‘wonderful counsellor’ to millions of people through His word weather they are saved or unsaved, young or old, rich or poor, learned or unlearned. His wise and generous counsel affects people every day in their lives. “Enter by the narrow gate...” “Therefore do not be anxious...” “Work while it is day...” “Watch...” “...lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven...” “No man can serve two masters...” “But seek first the kingdom of God...” ““Judge not, that you be not judged.” We must bear in mind that neither God nor Christ will ever force any man to obey even a positive command from His word but never the less it is given for salvation and is the very best counsel to any and everyone. All of this may be summed up in one verse (Isa 9:6) “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Light of the World

Because many in the world ‘walk in darkness’ they are indifferent and hostile towards God. This is so for many reasons (Eph 4:17-19). Darkness symbolises distress, mourning, perplexity, ignorance and even death and it may seem like we have no hope at all. However in all of this doom and gloom Jesus declares Himself to be ‘the light’. Not only ‘the light’ but the ‘light of the world’. (John 9:5) John says in John 1:4-5 “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” The darkness no matter how powerful cannot conquer nor defeat ‘the light’. Therefore Jesus declares (John 8:12) “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Prince of Peace

Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would not only bring peace but that he would be the ‘prince of peace’. He would bring a state of tranquillity and harmony to His people. The peace that He offers is peace with God (Romans 5:1), with mankind (Gal 3:28) and with oneself (Phil 4:6-7). Not everyone however will want His peace. The wicked can have no peace with Him (Isa 48:22). But to His faithful Paul wrote (Phil 4:7) “...the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  

Hope

Jesus is referred to as “our hope” in scripture. This unique title means that He is to us a confident desire that we may be saved from sins and an expectation of a life with Him after death. He is our ‘hope of glory’ (Col 1:27), and in 1 Tim 1:1 “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Saviour and of Christ Jesus our hope.”

Man of Sorrows

In the stillness and darkness of night, following their keeping of the Passover Jesus and His disciples, went to the Mount of Olives to pray. At a place called Gethsemane, He told the tired and weary apostles to sit there while he prayed. He took Peter, James and John with Him and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. He told them that His soul was very sorrowful, to the point of death. He then commanded that they remain there and keep watch. (Mark 14:32-34) It is difficult to even try to imagine agonising grief which our Saviour suffered in Gethsemane. But this was only a foretaste of what was to come - His trial and crucifixion. Jesus’ suffering truly made Him a man of sorrows. Isa 53:3 “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”

Lamb of God

This is one of a number of metaphorical titles for Jesus. A metaphor is a term denoting one kind to suggest a comparison with another. Lambs were used for sacrifice under the Law of Moses. Jesus is the “Lamb of God” because He is the sacrifice that God provided for us. John the Baptist honoured Jesus with this title. (John 1:29, 36). Furthermore, it was prophesied that the Messiah would be led as a sheep to the slaughter (Isa. 53:7; Acts 8:32). Like the literal lamb that was suited for sacrifice, Jesus stood without blemish and without spot (1 Peter 1:19). Jesus is this “Lamb of God” (John 1:29) “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”


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