“God…hath…given him a name which is above every name” – Philippians 2:9
Last week, we discussed a few of the names given to our Savior, Jesus Christ, in scripture. In two days, we will celebrate Christmas – purportedly a celebration or memorial of the Lord’s birth.
Names are important, but most of us only have a few we acknowledge. There is our first name, our given name – first, middle, last, and our surname. Perhaps we’ve been (un)lucky enough to inherit a nickname or two.
Which of these names do you prefer? I have been called by a nickname my grandmother gave me for most of my life. Since beginning my writing career, I’ve adopted my full first name for use on my website. In fact, the URL to my site is my full given name – surname of birth replaced with my husband’s surname.
Jesus has more than 104 names. More importantly he has a “more excellent name” than any other being created by God (Hebrews 1:4). So which of those names is it?
Jesus. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:9-11).
That is the name of power. Through this name, the apostles cast out devils and performed many other amazing works. In fact, there is no other name by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12).
If you take a close look at the context of Philippians 2, you will see how Jesus earned this powerful name. He obeyed God, even to the point of taking on the limitations of flesh and suffering the pain of death.
This year at Christmas, take a moment to reflect on the many blessings you have received through the name of Jesus Christ. He is worthy of adoration and praise. Don’t let the rush of family celebrations and influx of new toys keep you from acknowledging his greatness.
God has given him a name above names. We will bow and worship Jesus because of his exalted name.
Next week: God Makes all things New