"WHAT'S IN A NAME?" 

     Do you know what your name means? Today our names are often little more than identification tags.  We are named after a relative or a friend or perhaps after a prominent person living at the time of our birth.

     The Hebrews took the choosing of the names of their children seriously. They wanted what ever name they should choose for their children to have significance. Names could carry very serious over tones. Jacob, for example, meant "Deceiver." And in deed he was.

     Later, after much change had taken place in the lives of both himself and his 12 sons, Jacob's name was changed to Israel, meaning "Father of many nations."

     The coming Redeemer was anticipated from the time of Eden. One can only wonder at how men's hearts must have been stirred as they pondered those first words of promise in the Garden. Addressing the serpent (Satan), God had said, "You will bruise His heel, but he will bruise your head." Can't you just imagine the conversations that must have taken place around camp fires, of this promise? Such a grand hope to hang one's hat on!

     As the centuries wore on and the time of His birth neared the promise became clearer. Among the most beloved of all scripture to speak of  Christ's birth is found in Isaiah 9:6 -

                                "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the
                                government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be
                                called Wonderful, Counselor, the might God, the Everlasting
                                Father, the Prince of Peace."

     Through out the Bible there are almost 50 names to apply to our Lord Jesus Christ. Each name, defined, speaks of the various aspects of this focal point of all history.

     This is why Matthew in the very first chapter of his account of the Gospel is so eager to identify who this infant is who was born of a virgin. The gospel according to Matthew was to be the story of "God with us." It is also the reason that John hastens to tell us in the very first chapter of his account of the Gospel that "the Word (God) was made flesh and dwelt among us"

     These thoughts are so comforting to us. Christ was not only "God with us" two thousand plus years ago, He is still "God with us" today. Do you feel out matched? Are your burdens too heavy? Are your foes too many? Are your days too long and too lonely? Take heart my friends! Our Big Brother who was born over 2000 years ago, lived a life of perfection, which we could not. He died the death we should have. He has paved the way for us with His resurrection, so we, too, can be resurrected to life. Our Big Brother is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. Today with all that power, even today, He is with us, He is beside us, He is "God with us!"

Just a thought from Parson Don across the Garden Gate

       Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.


                                                                                                                                              

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Updated January 15, 2010
 
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