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What's in a Name

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What's in a Name?
Isaiah 9:6 NRSV
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
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Matthew 1:21–25 NRSV
She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.
(Christmas)
(Christmas)
Introduction
A name is the title by which one person is designated from another. It is a way for us to tell people, places and things apart. In our day, names do not hold much significance.
William Shakespeare said,
“A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.”
For us, names are just a way to tell thing apart.
It was not always this way.
In Old Testament times, a name stood for a person's “reputation, their fame and their glory.”
Parents often gave children names that described the parent's hopes and future expectations regarding that child. The word translated “name” in the Old Testament literally means “A mark or a brand.” People were given the names they were given for a reason. A study of Bible names often reveals much about the personality of the people mentioned in the Bible. For instance, David means “Beloved.” Abraham means “Father of a multitude.” Jacob means “Trickster.” Goliath means “Splendour.” All of these people proved true to their names!
In this message, I want to talk about a name we all know. I want to look at the name of the One mentioned in .
There must be something special about the name Jesus. After all, it was a name given to Him by God the Father,
Matthew 1:21 NRSV
She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
; . The name Jesus is a name that has been exalted by the Father, . when that name is mentioned, men should bow before Him and confess Him as Lord. His name is a special name!
Luke 1:31 NRSV
And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.
. The name Jesus is a name that has been exalted by the Father, . when that name is mentioned, men should bow before Him and confess Him as Lord. His name is a special name!
The name Jesus is a name that has been exalted by the Father,
Philippians 2:9–11 NRSV
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
. when that name is mentioned, men should bow before Him and confess Him as Lord. His name is a special name!
. when that name is mentioned, men should bow before Him and confess Him as Lord. His name is a special name!
I want to preach for a while on the subject: What's In A Name? I want to give you some biblical reasons why His name is a name above all others names. When we finish, I hope we will be able to understand some of the glory contained in that blessed, wonderful name.
I. His Name Reveals His Personality
(Emmanuel — God With Us)
A. Reveals a Supernatural Baby
Not just another child, but God in human flesh,
John 1:1 NRSV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 NRSV
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
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Philippians 2:5–8 NRSV
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.
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B. Reveals a Supernatural Birth
Not a normal birth, but a virgin birth,
Isaiah 7:14 NRSV
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.
, which produced a child without a sin nature, .
which produced a child without a sin nature,
1 Peter 2:22 NRSV
“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
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C. Reveals a Supernatural Battler
Why would God enter this world? He came to fight a battle that humanity could never wage or win. He came to do battle with Satan and sin. (⇒
Ephesians 6:10–18 NRSV
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.
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1 Samuel 17:47 NRSV
and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not save by sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give you into our hand.”
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II. His Name Reveals His Purpose
(Jesus — Jehovah Is Salvation)
A. Speaks of His Desire
The name Jesus reveals a God with a desire to save sinners. We are told that Jesus came into this world not to condemn the lost, but to save them,
John 3:16–18 NRSV
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
. This was not a new desire, but it was the heartbeat of God even before the world was formed, ; . God's plan was conceived in eternity and consummated (bought to completion) in time.
. This was not a new desire, but it was the heartbeat of God even before the world was formed,
Revelation 13:8 NRSV
and all the inhabitants of the earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that was slaughtered.
; . God's plan was conceived in eternity and consummated (bought to completion) in time.
1 Peter 1:18–20 NRSV
You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake.
. God's plan was conceived in eternity and consummated (bought to completion) in time.
. God's plan was conceived in eternity and consummated (bought to completion) in time.
B. Speaks of His Deliverance
The name Jesus reminds us that He came into this world for the sole purpose of setting the “captives” free, . He came for the redemption (paid the dept of our sins) of the lost,
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Titus 2:14 NRSV
He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.
C. Speaks of His Death
The name Jesus reminds us of the fact that He came into this world to die for our sins. The only way the sin problem could have been dealt with is through the shedding of blood,
Hebrews 9:22 NRSV
Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
. Jesus came that He might die on the cross to set us free from sin! (⇒ , “for us”; , “for me”.)
. Jesus came that He might die on the cross to set us free from sin! (⇒
Galatians 1:4 NRSV
who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
, “for us”; , “for me”.)
, “for us”;
Galatians 2:20 NRSV
and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
“for me”.)
III. His Name Reveals His Power
(⇒ “His name shall be called…” Note the word “name” is singular and not plural. Not His “names”, His “name.” Jesus displays all the following characteristics at he same time.)
A. He Is the Supernatural One
This word means Miracle, Supernatural, Secret and Extraordinary, ⇒
Judges 13:18 NRSV
But the angel of the Lord said to him, “Why do you ask my name? It is too wonderful.”
. He is the Miracle Man! Men cannot comprehend Him, but He can be believed on by the smallest child. He is wonderful!
He is the Miracle Man! Men cannot comprehend Him, but He can be believed on by the smallest child. He is wonderful!
B. He Is the Supervising One
This word mans “to advise, counsel, purpose, devise and plan.” It refers to His role as the leader and guiding force of our lives. He is wonderfully qualified for this job.
He is the Planner of the Path,
Psalm 37:23 NRSV
Our steps are made firm by the Lord, when he delights in our way;
; . He is the Giver of Grace, . He is the Worker of Wonders, ; .
Job 23:10 NRSV
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come out like gold.
. He is the Giver of Grace, . He is the Worker of Wonders, ; .
He is the Giver of Grace,
. He is the Giver of Grace, . He is the Worker of Wonders, ; .
2 Corinthians 12:9 NRSV
but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
. He is the Worker of Wonders, ; .
He is the Worker of Wonders,
Romans 8:28 NRSV
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
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2 Corinthians 4:17 NRSV
For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure,
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C. He Is the Sovereign One
This word means “Hero.” It refers to “one Who is strong, mighty and invincible.” He alone is worthy to be our Hero for He has defeated all our enemies, ⇒
1 Corinthians 15:57 NRSV
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:14 NRSV
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him.
; . He alone is worthy of our worship.
; . He alone is worthy of our worship.
. He alone is worthy of our worship.
He alone is worthy of our worship.
D. He Is the Sustaining One
As “Father” God is our “producer or generator.” In other words, He is our source! He created us through Adam and He recreated us through Jesus. As our Father, He sustains us by His mighty power,
Luke 12:32 NRSV
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
; . We are His children; therefore, we are His responsibility.
Matthew 6:25–34 NRSV
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
. We are His children; therefore, we are His responsibility.
We are His children; therefore, we are His responsibility.
He is “everlasting.” There was never a time when He was not and there will never be a time when He is not. He is the great “I AM.” He is the eternal, self-existent One! Our lives are directly tied to His; because He lives, we live!
E. He Is the Satisfying One
The word “peace” refers to “a state of happiness, well being and prosperity.” The word “prince” speaks of “a captain, a steward and a keeper.” He is the Creator and the Sustainer of our peace. He accomplished peace with God when He died on the cross, ; . He extends His peace to all who receive Him by faith, . He provides His peace to all those who trust Him in the valleys of life, . He is the Keep of our peace and the guarantee of continued peace throughout eternity.
Conclusion
What's in a name? If that name is Adrian Cousins, not very much. But, if the name is Jesus, everything is in that name! His name is the source of our salvation. His name is the hope of our hearts. His name can break sin's bondage and cool the fevered brow. His name can lift the greatest burdens. His name can comfort the broken heart. His name is a name worth knowing, because is speaks of a Savior worth loving. His name is everything. His name unlocks the door of heaven and closes the gates of Hell. His name saves the vilest sinner; redeems the blackest soul; and secures the precious saints. His name may be Jesus, but that name cannot tell us all there is to know about Him. Listen to some of the names He wears in the pages of the Bible.
Adam
First Begotten
Lamb
Savior
Advocate
Forerunner
Lamb of God
Seed of the Woman
Almighty
Glory of the Lord
Leader
Shepherd
Alpha and Omega
Blessed Light of the world
Son of the Blessed
Good Shepherd
Lion of the Tribe of Judah
Son of David
Arm of the Lord
Governor
Lord of All
Son of God
Author and Finisher of our Faith
Great High Priest
Lord of Glory
Son of the Highest
Author of Eternal Salvation
Head of the Church
Son of Man
Beginning of the Creation of God
Heir of all things
Lord our Righteousness
Son of Righteousness
Beloved Son
Man of Sorrows
True Light
Lord of Lords
Mediator
True Vine
Branch
Lord of Lords
Holy One of God
Holy One
Holy One of Israel
Messenger of the CovenantTruth
Bread of Life
Messiah
Witness
Captain of Salvation
Horn of Salvation
Mighty God
Word
Chief
Shepherd
I Am
Mighty One
Word of God
Christ
Image of God
Morning Star
Consolation
Immanuel
Nazarene
Cornerstone
Jehovah
Only Begotten Son
Counsellor
Jesus Our Passover
Creator
Jesus of Nazareth
Dayspring
Judge of Israel
Deliverer
Just One
Prince of Peace
Desire of All Nations
King
Prophet
Door
King of the Ages
Redeemer
Elect of God
King of the Jews
Resurrection and Life
King of Kings
Rock
Faithful Witness
King of Saints
Root of David
First and Last
Lawgiver
Lord of Lords
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