I love the smell and the sweet savoring scents of Christmas. Thanks for taking a moment out of your busy schedule to join me. Grab your favorite cup of something delicious and your journal as we look into the character of a name. His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
When we as women become pregnant, usually the very first thing we, and everybody else, want to know is what the gender is. The excitement sometimes is more than we can contain, although back in my day, that was not an option. Isn’t today’s technology amazing? The ability to find out whether we’re having a boy or girl is so available and for the most part when we do find out, we start the hunt for a name. Yet, for some, they want to wait and see the baby before they pronounce the given name to them.
There are traditional giving names that have been passed down from one generation to the next and when we speak their names, we think of those we named our child after and what a treasure that little one is that carries such a precious name.
We can find ourselves inundated with so much information about a name. We can buy books; we can Google a name and even search for the meaning and the origin of where and how that name came about. More and more we are discovering new names from those who like to make up names and there are those who love those good old-fashion names.
No matter what your name may be, it has been chosen especially for you! Yes, there is something about your name that identifies who you are. Now if you were to call me by a different name, you would get no response. Why? Well, the answer is simple: because you didn’t call me by my given name. When you mention a person’s name, don’t you think of them and their personality? Their name depicts who they are and how you know them!! Your name describes…just that… who you are!
I bring this up because I want to talk about the name that is above all names, the name of Jesus. The prophet Isaiah tells us some important things, not only about the name of the Messiah that was to come, but also about His character:
For unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Each of these descriptions gives us a different aspect of the work that God wants to do in our lives. His name is Wonderful, which means “a sense of awe,” and He wants to bring a sense of awe and wonder to our lives. Next is Counselor; He wants to give us His personal counsel and direction. Psalm 73:24. No longer do we have to be perplexed by our problems because with Jesus as our counselor we can know He will reveal His will to us.
Oh, how awesome are these two names given to Him that we might find peace in them.
Oh I’m not going to leave you hanging with just these two names! Join me next week as we follow up on the remaining names of Jesus: Mighty God, Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace.
Until next week continue to make His name personal this Christmas and remember, keep Him close to your heart!
Have another sweet weekend.