What’s in a Name?

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6 (NIV)

Pam and I watched the 2nd Dune movie a few nights ago, and a few of the scenes stuck in my mind. The first is when Paul’s  father explains to him that he is the heir of House Atreides, but more importantly – Paul is his son first and foremost. In a latter scene, Paul is announcing himself to the Fremen as Paul Atreides, Duke of House Atreides. Later he chooses the name Muad’Dib, a small desert mouse and a guiding constellation in the heavens that the Fremen use for guiding their path at night. Usul (base of the pillar) is his given Fremen name. Later the Fremen begin to call him Mahdi (a Bene Gesserit prophetic figure) and Lisan al Gaib (the voice from the outer world). All in all, one begins to understand that Paul is all of these things and more. With each of these names, representing a portion of Paul’s character, mission and rightful lineage.

As I was walking our dog Patrice, and remembering some of these scenes from the movie. I felt prompted to contemplate the importance of one’s name. Be it the name you were born with, now known as, or are becoming. Bestowed, earned or honorific. My mind then went to the many names of Christ, each with their own meaning: born with or into, known as, bestowed, earned or honorific.

As Easter sunrise is almost upon us and we celebrate the rising of our Lord and Savior. I’d like to contemplate the many names of Jesus, our Christ. And what they mean to you, me, and all of us together – His Bride and Church. A name, is an important thing.

  • A Nazarene (Matt 2:23, Mark 14:67)
  • Alpha and Omega (Rev 1:8)
  • Anointed One (Acts 4:26, Ps 2:2)
  • Apostle and high priest (Heb 3:1)
  • Author and perfecter of our faith (Heb 12:2)
  • Author of their salvation (Heb 2:10)
  • Branch of the Lord (Isa 4:2)
  • Bread of God (John 6:33)
  • Bread of life (John 6:48)
  • Bridegroom (Luke 5:34-35)
  • Chief cornerstone (Eph 2:20)
  • Chief Shepherd (1 Pet 5:4)
  • Chose and precious cornerstone (1 Pet 2:6)
  • Christ Jesus my Lord (Phil 3:8)
  • Christ Jesus our hope (1 Tim 1:1)
  • Christ of God (Luke 9:20)
  • Consolation of Israel (Luke 2:25)
  • Crown of splendor (Isa 62:3)
  • Eternal life (1 John 5:20)
  • Faithful and True (Rev 19:11)
  • Faithful and true witness (Rev 3:14)
  • First to rise from the dead (Acts 26:23)
  • Firstborn from among the dead (Col 1:18)
  • Firstborn over all creation (Col 1:15)
  • Firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep (1 Cor 15:20)
  • Fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Eph 5:2)
  • Friend of tax collectors and sinners (Matt 11:19)
  • God over all (Rom 9:5)
  • God’s Son (John 11:4)
  • Great high priest (Heb 4:14)
  • Great light (Matt 4:16)
  • Great Shepherd of the sheep (Heb 13:20)
  • Guarantee of a better covenant (Heb 7:22)
  • He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world (John 6:33)
  • He who searches hearts and minds (Rev 2:23)
  • Head of every person (1 Cor 11:3)
  • Head of the body, the church (Col 1:18)
  • Head of the church (Eph 5:23)
  • Head over every power and authority (Col 2:10)
  • Heir of all things (Heb 1:2)
  • He who died and came to life again (Rev 2:8)
  • Him who loves us and freed us from our sings (Rev 1:5)
  • His one and only Son (1 John 4:9)
  • Holy and Righteous Once (Acts 3:14)
  • Holy One of God (John 6:69)
  • Holy servant (Acts 4:27,30)
  • Hope of Israel (Jer 17:13)
  • Horn of salvation (Luke 1:69)
  • Image of the invisible God (Col 1:15)
  • Immanuel (‘God with us’, Matt 1:23)
  • Indescribable gift (2 Cor 9:15)
  • Jesus (Matt 1:21)
  • Jesus Christ (John 1:17)
  • Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom 1:4, 5:21)
  • Jesus Christ our Savior (Titus 3:6)
  • Jesus of Nazareth (Mark 1:24, Matt 26:71)
  • Judge of the living and the dead (Acts 10:42)
  • KING OF KINGS (Rev 19:16)
  • King of the ages (Rev 15:3)
  • Lamb of God (John 1:29, 1:36)
  • Light for revelation to the Gentiles (Luke 2:32)
  • Light of men (John 1:4)
  • Light of the world (John 8:12)
  • Living bread that came down from heaven (John 6:51)
  • Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet 3:18)
  • Lord (Josh 3:11,13)
  • Lord of glory (1 Cor 2:8)
  • LORD OF LORDS (rev 19:16)
  • Lord of peace (2 Thess 3:16)
  • Lord of the harvest (Matt 9:38)
  • Lord of the Sabbath (Matt 12:8)
  • Lord (John 20:16)
  • Man accredited by God (Acts 2:22)
  • Man of sorrows (Isa 53:3)
  • Master (Luke 8:24, 9:33, Col 4:1)
  • Mediator of a new covenant (Heb 9:15, 12:24)
  • Merciful and faithful high priest (Heb 2:17)
  • Messenger of the covenant (Mal 3:1)
  • Messiah (John 1:41)
  • Morning star (Rev 2:28)
  • My friend (Jer 3:4)
  • My intercessor (John 16:20)
  • One who makes us holy (Heb 2:11)
  • One who speaks to the Faith in our defense (1 John 2:1)
  • One who will arise to rule over the nations (Rom 15:12)
  • Our glorious Lord Jesus Christ (Jas 2:1)
  • Our God and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet 1:1)
  • Our only Sovereign and Lord (Jude 1:4)
  • Our Passover lamb (1 Cor 5:7)
  • Our peace (Eph 2:14)
  • Our righteousness, holiness and redemption (1 Cor 1:30)
  • Physician (Luke 4:23)
  • Prince and Savior (Acts 5:31)
  • Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6)
  • Prince of princes (Dan 8:25)
  • Prince of the hosts (Dan 8:11)
  • Ransom for all mankind (1 Tim 2:6)
  • Refiner and purifier (Mal 3:3)
  • Resurrection and the life (John 11:25)
  • Righteous Judge (2 Tim 4:8)
  • Righteous One (Acts 3:14, 7:52)
  • Rock eternal (rock of ages, Isa 26:4)
  • Ruler of God’s creation (Rev 3:14)
  • Ruler of the king of the earth (Rev 1:5)
  • Savior of the world (John 4:42)
  • Second man (1 Cor 15:47)
  • Shepherd and Overseer of your souls (1 Peter 2:25)
  • Son of Man (John 3:13-14, 5:27, 6:27)
  • Son of the Blessed One (Mark 14:61)
  • Son of the living God (Matt 16:16)
  • Son of the Most High God (Luke 8:28)
  • Source of eternal salvation (Heb 5:9)
  • Sure foundation (Isa 33:6)
  • Teacher (Matt 23:10)
  • The Amen (2 Cor 1:20)
  • The Beginning and the End (Rev 1:17)
  • The gate (door, John 10:7,9)
  • The good shepherd (John 10:11)
  • The Head (Eph 4:15, Col 2:19)
  • The last Adam (1 Cor 15:45)
  • The life (John 14:6)
  • The Living One (Rev 1:18)
  • The living Stone (1 Peter 2:4)
  • The Lord Our Righteousness (Jer 23:6)
  • The man from heaven (1 Cor 15:49)
  • The man Christ Jesus (1 Tim 2:5)
  • The most holy (Dan 9:24)
  • The One and Only (John 1:14,18)
  • The only God our Savior (Jude 1:25)
  • The rising of the sun (Isa 59:19)
  • The stone the builders rejected (1 Pet 2:7)
  • The testimony given in its proper time (1 Tim 2:6)
  • The true light (John 1:9)
  • The true vine (John 15:1)
  • The truth (John 14:6)
  • The way (John 14:6)
  • The Word (logos, John 1:1)
  • True bread from heaven (John 6:32)
  • Wisdom from God (1 Cor 1:30)
  • Wonderful Counselor (Isa 9:6)
  • Word of God (Rev 19:13)
  • Word of life (1 John 1:1)
  • Your life (Col 3:3)
  • Your salvation (Isa 30:15, Eph 1:13)

 

Elaine