“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet made this question famous. A name is important. From the day of our birth, our parents use our name to link us to their own preferences and values. The significance of a name was particularly true in Bible times. In both Old and New Testaments, names were used to reflect personal experience or express or influence character. Jacob, which means “supplanter”, The name Naomi means “delightful one”, Samuel, which means “heard of God” and Barnabas, which means “son of encouragement”. So names are important to the people of the Bible.
But nowhere is this more significant than in the one who, according to the New Testament, has a name that means Savior. In Matthew 1:21, we read: She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.
Whether or not we have accepted the claims of the New Testament regarding Christ, it is important for us to see that the Scriptures honor the name Jesus for several reasons. According to them:
By discovering that He is a person of many names, we will be led deeper into an understanding of who He is and why He deserves our trust.
Reflections: What does each of Jesus’ names mean to you personally?