There is something about that Name

There is something about that Name

You are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).

Matthew 1:20-25

 20 An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

 22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:

 23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

 24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.

 25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.

In the 21st century, a child is born every second. At the beginning of the twentieth century popular baby names were John and Mary. But my, how things have changed in the century that followed. These days, you are more apt to run into an Emma or a Jayden.

Top Names of 2015

Male

Noah Liam Mason Jacob William Ethan James Alexander Michael Benjamin

Female

Emma Olivia Sophia Ava Isabella Mia Abigail Emily Charlotte Harper

Top Names of 2000

Male

Jacob Michael Matthew Joshua Christopher Nicholas Andrew Joseph Daniel Tyler

Female

Emily Hannah Madison Ashley Sarah Alexis Samantha Jessica Taylor Elizabeth

Top Names of 1950

Male

John James Robert William Michael David Richard Thomas Charles Gary

Female

Linda Mary Patricia Barbara Susan Maria Sandra Nancy Deborah Kathleen

Top Names of 1900

Male

John William James George Charles Joseph Frank Henry Robert Harry

Female

Mary Helen Anna Margaret Ruth Elizabeth Marie Rose Florence Bertha

Top Name of 4 B.C.

Jesus

Naming your baby is one of the most enjoyable and important choices you make as  expecting or new parents. Some parents have names in mind before their children are born, others choose a name after the child is born.

In the Scriptures, many babies are named by their birth father. Their names are often descriptive of something that they will do or become. Many times, the Father intervenes and provides a name for the child. It goes without saying that in Biblical times there was no technology available to determine if the baby would be a boy or girl. The Father of course knew while the child was still in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5). Here’s a short list of people who were given their names by the Father: Ishmael – (Genesis 16:11), Isaac – (Genesis 17:19), Solomon – (1 Chronicles 22:9), Josiah – (1 King 13:2), and John the Baptist – (Luke 1:13).

But the most important of all was the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:21).

REFLECT & PRAY

Every person’s name is special. Some people are personally named by the Father according to His purposes. Before we were ever conceived and came into this world, the Father already know our name. But there’s more. I have written your name on the palms of my hands (Isaiah 49:16). This is a beautiful word picture intended to show that He would never forget us, because He would always see our names engraved on His hands. They are precious to Him.

Father thank You for inviting me into Your forever family. It is with honor that I bow the knee before the Lord Jesus Christ.

INSIGHT

The name Jesus involves a fascinating word play. It is derived from the Hebrew word yasha which meant to “deliver or rescue.” It has two spellings in the Old Testament, Yeshua, and its longer form, Yehoshua. It is also related to the name Joshua. It was translated into Greek as Iēsous.

The basic meaning of the word is simply “Savior.” The Lord Jesus Christ was given His name directly by the Father. He sent an angel to Joseph in a dream. He said, “you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

The clause, “you are to name him Jesus,” is better rendered as an imperative: “you will have a son; you must name him Jesus” (UBS). His name had special meaning. He was the son of David, the Messiah of Israel. One day He would be King and sit on His father David’s throne

Luke 1:26-33

 26 God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee,

 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.

 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

 29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.

 30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!

 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.

 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.

 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”

But there’s more.

The Father gave His Son the Lord Jesus Christ the highest place of honor. His name is above all other names. One day every knee will bow before the name of Jesus. Everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Philippians 2:9-11

 9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,

 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Yes indeed, there is something about that Name!

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