Jesus, Jesus, oh what a beautiful name. That is the beginning verse of a song that expresses in a small way, the response of Christians to the name Jesus.
If we search out the Bible, to look at all the names that were given to Christ Jesus, it is a very eye opening experience. It helps us to realize more fully, all that He is or can be to us. We probably more often associate the name Jesus with the babe that was born in Bethlehem, especially during this time of year celebrating his birth. But even in the book of Isaiah, the prophet had many names that described the prophesied Christ. In Isaiah 9:6, we find, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isn’t it comforting that this prophet of the Old Testament not only saw Jesus Christ as the babe to be born, but also as the one that was present at the beginning of creation.
If we look in John 8:58 we find the following verse, “I tell you the truth, Jesus answered, before Abraham was born, I am.” This amazing self-identification of “I am” corresponded with the name of God; it was how God self-identified Himself in the Old Testament.
The name and nature of Jesus goes far beyond our human understanding. The full wonder of this name is a mystery to humanity. So, the name Jesus, as we can see from the above Scriptures, should take on a much more joyous meaning, especially for those who know Him. One of the most precious names that we can use is Savior. There are so few words that never get old. Here’s one. JESUS!