…and he was named Jesus. Luke 2:21
Welcome and Merry Christmas to you and your families and thank you for stopping by for a moment or two for the conclusion of last week’s blog here at CPM: “What is in a name?” Get comfy and cozy grab your favorite Christmas morning beverage and enjoy the savoring presence of Jesus; there is no other name.
Oftentimes when we hear a name there’s always an association or picture we form in our minds. Especially a famous name; for instance when you see or hear the name Walt Disney, what do you picture? Disneyland, Of course, and all the wonderful moments you spent riding every theme ride in the park. And how about Tom Cruise; of course I think of all the Mission Impossible movies. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not comparing these people to Jesus, but you see how quick your thoughts and images come to mind when you speak a name.
Last week we concluded with the first two names; Wonderful and Counselor and now for the remaining three. My prayer is that each time you speak each name out loud you will experience a sense of hope and empowerment and have a greater understanding of why His name is called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. So here we go!
That name Mighty God means that Jesus has unlimited power for us. What does “Mighty” mean to you? As we encounter the demands of life it can seem overwhelming and we at times feel defeat and weakened by the day’s end, but when we know He resides within us and we can call upon His name as Mighty God, His power for us is just that; unlimited! I think it is impossible to be a Christian apart from the help of the Holy Spirit. I am so thankful that the name Mighty God is there for us to give us strength to do what He wants us to.
Next, He is called the Everlasting Father. Christ came to die on the cross and pay for our sins He rose again from the dead, and that, means we have an Everlasting Father, One who will be with us forever. He will never forget about us and He will always be there to guide and help us in every aspect of life. We then must allow Him to do so. Yes, we must give Him permission to do so because He’s not going to override or overrule our will.
Oh how I love this particular name. This name gives me such great comfort when I’m in need of harmony and the next name Isaiah called Him is the Prince of Peace. Certainly we live in frightening times and oh, how we all are in need of peace in our lives. If you look at the unsettledness of these times, our minds can lead us to fear, which is quite the opposite of peace. John 14:27 encourages us “My Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” God will bring peace to the mind of all those who call on His name. What a powerful name “Prince of Peace!”
What’s in a name? That all depends on whose name it is. Jesus can be your Prince of Peace. He can be your Counselor. He can be your Mighty God. He can be your Everlasting Father. You can experience life to the fullest because His name is Wonderful.
If it had not been for the manger there certainly would not have been the need of the cross. This Jesus who was born in a manger, who walked this earth, who was crucified, and who rose again, is not some mere historical figure, although He was that. He is alive, and He is still changing lives today. That’s the reason He came: to put us in touch with God and to give our lives purpose and meaning.
God’s riches blessings to you on this sweet day and may He continue to bless and keep you in the coming New Year and remember you don’t have to wait till next year to speak His name for every day is the greatest opportunity to speak His name!!
This last year God has truly widened my eyes in the many weeks of praying and preparing a word for you and as God is directing me into another area of my life I want to express my gratefulness and your faithfulness to me and to CPM each week. I truly am thankful for the opportunity given to have shared my heart with each one of you. God Bless you and until we meet again, remember, keep Him close to your heart.