Jesus By Any Other Name
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:9
Nicknames can be endearing, especially if given to you by someone special. I love when someone “nicknames” me or shares their nickname with me. It makes me feel closer to them. When I share my nickname with someone. it’s usually because they are close family or I consider them a real friend.
The best friend that anyone can have or know is Jesus and He also has more than one name. And…He shares His ‘nicknames’ with us! Those of us who call him a true friend often use one of His other names from time to time. We call Him the Way, the Truth and the Life. We call Him our Rock, Savior and Lord, among other names. All of His names have to do with His love for us, so they are very special.
If you think about it, someone who doesn’t know Jesus would never call him “the Light ” because they don’t use His light. Someone who doesn’t think they need saving, will not call Jesus “Savior. ” He is not called “Lord” by those who do not consider themselves His servants. His names describe His loving actions that we depend on, to navigate our way and God’s will. What a privilege to call God’s Son by so many names, especially our friend!
Here are some questions for our journals or self-reflection:
1. Do we call Jesus by all of His names? Why or why not?
2. Do we accept, appreciate and use all that He offers to us?
3. What names does Jesus call us? (“child” for example”)
4. What actions do we take towards Jesus that He could use as another name for us? Does He call us “Faithful?”
For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9
The best name that we can be called by our Savior is “Faithful.” It’s not about doing a bunch of things for Jesus, necessarily. It’s about doing whatever small or big things Jesus asks us to do, consistently, willingly, as a lifetime commitment. No matter what we have going on in life, faithful servants continue to do what the Lord desires. What a high bar to shoot for but what a privilege to do so:)
My pastor said it well…
“Jesus measures our success in faithfulness, not productivity.” (Pastor Daniel Palmer)
May the good Lord bless your day and His way with light and peace and love! With the love from the Father to you, have a great Friday!
Christina (aka Tina, Teener, Teener Beener!)