|“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
What’s in a name? Names give us identity, belonging, purpose, and meaning. Names allow us to be known and recognized. In the Bible, names often carry significance beyond the name itself. These names reveal God’s purpose and communicate significance to those who read His Word. One of these names is the name above all names—Jesus. In Matthew 1:21, the angel of the Lord appears to Mary and tells her that she will have a son, and His name would be Jesus. The name Jesus carries great weight and importance, both to Mary when she heard it and to us today. Jesus literally means “Jehovah is Salvation.” Jesus is the Saving God, the Son of God, the Savior of all mankind, and God incarnate. Mary heard this name from the mouth of the angel and knew things would never be the same. Jesus’ name is powerful. Do we handle His name with the same significance? When you speak the name of Jesus, do you proclaim the salvation in His name? When you sing the name of Jesus, do you praise the salvation in His name?
The name of Jesus brings all the power and glory He is due, but His name also gives us an intimate, personal relationship with God. Knowing someone’s name is the first step in beginning a relationship. To know Jesus and be known by Jesus, we must first call upon His name. Romans 10:13 says, “for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Calling upon the name of the Lord, Jesus, is the first step to knowing the saving power of His grace. So, when you sing about or say the name of Jesus, remember this name is so much more than a name. It is “Jehovah is Salvation,” the purpose and rescue plan of God, through His one and only Son, Jesus.
At Christmas, there is nothing greater than proclaiming the name of Jesus to a world in desperation of His saving power. As we prepare for the birth of the King, remember the importance and power in His name, today and every day.
About the author:
John Roberts is the lead writer, editor, and content developer for the Church Resources division of Capitol Christian Music Group—including Brentwood Benson, Worship Together, and Worship Together Kids. John is also a studio musician, producer, and worship leader in Nashville, TN. He holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and lives in Thompson Station, TN with his wife, Lee Ann, and their two children.