Jesus, Name above all names

Biblical Truth

The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced.

While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus—’God saves’—because he will save his people from their sins.” This would bring the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term:

Watch for this—a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son;
They will name him Immanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”).

Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God’s angel commanded in the dream: He married Mary. But he did not consummate the marriage until she had the baby. He named the baby Jesus.

Matthew 1:18-25, The Message

Musical Offering

Ben’s Offering

God of many names, Gathered into one. But how many names for Jesus are there? Here we present just some of the names used in the bible.

  1. Immanuel – Meaning “God With Us” – is found in Matthew 1:23, and prophesied in Isaiah 7:14.
  2. Jesus – This is the Greek from of Joshua, which means “The LORD saves.”
  3. Christ – again, this comes from the Greek, and can be translated as “the anointed.” This carries a lot of the meaning of the Jewish word “Messiah” – or “one [who is] annointed. Read Peter’s confirmation of Jesus as the Christ in Luke 9.
  4. Messiah – Andrew, brother of Simon Peter, upon hearing of Jesus, told his brother “We have found the Messiah” – John 1:41. As mentioned in the last name, Messiah means “Anointed one.” This comes from Daniel 9:25, where Daniel receives a vision from Gabriel, describing what will happen to Jesus. (Daniel 9:20-27)

Some of the other names of God used in the bible include: Almighty; Alpha and Omega; Amen; apostle and high priest; author and perfector of our faith; author of life; Beginning and the End; blameless; Branch of the LORD; Bread from heaven; bridegroom; bright Morning Star; Chief Shepherd; chosen one; commander of the peoples; Everlasting Father; exalted; faithful; Faithful and True; First and the Last; for ever praised; God over all; good shephers; great God; great high priest; head of the church; high priest for ever; Holy and Righteous One; holy and true; image of the invisible God; King; KING OF KINGS; king of the Jews; Lamb of God; life; Lion of the tribe of Judah; Lord; Lord God; Lord of all; Lord of Lords; LORD OF LORDS; man of sorrows; mediator; Mighty God; Passover lamb; precious cornerstone; Prince of Peace; pure; Rabbi; radiance of God’s Glory; resurrection; Righteous judge; rock; Root of David; ruler of God’s creation; servant; son of David; Son of God; Son of Man; Teacher; the way; true light; true vine; true witness; truth; Wonderful Counsellor and Word.

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Author: Ben Clapton

I'm an Officer in The Salvation Army, currently appointed with my wife as Corps Officers at the Rochester Corps in country Victoria (20 minutes out of Echuca). I play violin and guitar, amongst many others, and love golf and running.

3 thoughts on “Jesus, Name above all names”

  1. The question I wish to pose to you as a Muslim is this: Why would an awesome Creator have the need to empregnate one of His cretures in order to meet an end? Islam answers this question through science and reason rather than conjecture and blind faith. This false notion that was a story made up long ago and has never been debated clearly. The only answers Christians can give in response to any harsh crititicizm is that one must “believe.” We can believe in many things in life, but that does not validate those things. This is why God has Created science, as a proof against falsehood, such as what this blog is putting out there for the world to be misled by.

    1. Hi Alhaqq32, thanks for your comments.
      Faith is an integral part of any religion. It is a humbling of ourselves to acknowledge that there are some things that we cannot explain. While science does go along way to explaining a number of things, there is still an element of faith that any religion must have. As the most simple example, Science cannot disprove the existence of God, nor can it prove the existence of God. All it can do is explain how things happen. In essence, Science gives us the how, Religion gives us the Why. They are both important parts of attaining a clearer picture of the identity of God. As believers, I’m sure we both can agree on this.
      As to the first part of your question, it is the subject of a Theological/Religious question. As I said above, Science gives us the how, Religion gives us the Why. Scientifically, we know that a virgin cannot give birth. Why then is it that in the Gospels of Matthew (Matt 1:18) and Luke (Lk 1:26-38) both claim that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was born? And in Mark 6:3, when talking about Jesus it is said “Isn’t this Mary’s son” and no mention of his father, because his father is unknown. Evidence from the bible suggests that Mary was a virgin at the birth of Jesus. So why? When the original Sin was committed, God banished us from the garden of Eden to protect us (Gen 3:22-23) so that while we had the knowledge of Good and Evil, we would not live forever. And he set into motion a plan that can be seen through the Old Testament, through the words of the Prophets, that would allow us back into heaven. A sinful life cannot enter heaven, but God sent his son, who would lead a sinless life, in order to forgive our sins and allow us to enter Heaven and spend eternity with him.

      And in regards to the names of God, a number of the names we use are names to help describe God, because his nature is often far too great for us to grasp. These different names help us get ideas of different aspects of him.

  2. The Quran states that there are 99 Names for God, one being Allah. None that are stated above re His actual names or atribues, but only names fro fantastic imaginations.

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