I have a word I call my own.
You have a word from birth ‘till grown.
Some are rather fond of their word.
Others merely think it absurd.
Whatever the view you hold is,
If your word’s Liz then it is Liz.
Without a process you remain
Known by the word you maintain.
And even then you are attached
To that word with which you were matched.
But our words are simply labels
Sometimes from stories and fables
That denote what we should be called.
They are merely letters that, sprawled
Across a white page bring to mind
A face and friend, one of a kind.
We are rarely what our word is,
But rather tied to it by this:
The choice of our parents to give
It to us when we start to live.
But there is one who is His word.
He’s the word—the head of the herd.
His word is His name as ours are,
But His name is what caused his scar.
His word is what we can stand on.
His name is a phenomenon.
His word is His very essence,
And to His name let praise commence.
My sister is in the last few weeks of her third pregnancy. All is well at this point, and we hope and pray it remains that way. Aside from the physical difficulty of carrying a child and preparing to deliver one, a mother and father are faced with another difficulty–choosing a name for the child they will soon bring into the world.
My sister and brother-in-law have had nearly eight months to think of the perfect name for their third kid, but they only recently solidified the first name. They are still debating what the middle name will be.
Choosing the word that people will call your child for the rest of its life is no small task. And, although I have never experienced the process of picking a name, I can imagine the pressure that would come with the task.
Through the years, popular names change. People start to choose new, “trendy” names, and what were once considered super original names are considered outdated.
However, at least in Christian circles, one name has remained extremely popular: Jesus. At least in America, it is not that common to hear of a child or even an adult named Jesus. However, the name Jesus is mentioned constantly.
Consequently, with many years of interacting with Christians under my belt, I began to view the name of Jesus as a cliche piece of Christian jargon. I heard it constantly. At times, I almost cringed (for lack of a better word) when I heard someone utter those five letters. Whether in a prayer or anything else, I failed to see what the name of Jesus truly was.
In the last year or so God has completely transformed my view of Jesus’ name. The name Jesus is not just some mindless combination of letters without any meaning though.
The name Jesus essentially means “Savior.” In the days when Jesus walked the earth, the name and its equivalents (like Joshua) were common names in Israel.
While all those other people named Jesus were still associated with the definition and hope of a “Savior,” all of those were just foreshadows of what was to come. Jesus the Christ embodies His name. His name was not only a reminder of God’s faithfulness and eventual plan, Jesus was the hope. He was the very savior that the rest of the Jesus’s hinted at.
The word Jesus was not just a name for the Son of God. It was His very character. Because of this, His name is not just a dead combination of letters. Instead it is an active representation of the God of the Universe, and at its utterance, lives can be changed, chains can be broken, the sick can be healed, and the dead can be raised. God responds to the name of His beloved son.
There are truly no sufficient words to describe the name of Jesus and its power. All I know is that even just singing it over and over encourages me and fills me with joy! I cannot fully explain to you what the name means to me. I can only hope that you will open yourself up to experiencing it too.
The name of Jesus is not a cliche! It is the hope of nations, the name above all names. Truly no other name can do the things Jesus’ can.
“Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
(Philippians 2:9-11 NLT)