Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
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Last night at another Christmas celebration, the conversation swerved into a discussion about the name of Jesus. Confusion reigns within the Christian home and amazing ignorance exists about the name of Jesus in the non-Christian home. Three primary thoughts come to mind about the name of Jesus.
FIRST: Christ is not Jesus’ last name. Given the over-use of “Jesus Christ”, many people actually believe Christ is Jesus’ last name. It’s like Joseph and Mary Christ had a son, named Jesus. Christ isn’t Jesus’ last name; it’s a title-the Christ-the Messiah.
SECOND: Jesus’ name is personal. I’ve had lots of well-meaning people say that I’m just caught up into semantics. No, it’s not semantics; it’s personal! Remember, when Jesus introduced himself to Paul, the Christ-follower, on the Damascus Road, he said: “I’m Jesus.” He used his personal name to identify himself to Paul.
THIRD: Jesus’ name is uniquely tied to the private name of God. When Moses was sent to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt, he asked God to give him some proof that he could present to the people that he was being sent by God. God gave Moses his private name, YAWEH, to use as his credential to the people. Now NOTE what Jesus said of God’s name in his prayer to Him.
“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word…. Holy Father, keep the men you gave Me in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.” (John 17)
What is the name God gave Jesus? This is vital to understand. The name, JESUS is YA-SHUA or YAWEH SAVES. This is what makes the name of Jesus so special. And, this is why I love to say, “His name is Jesus!”