Name Above All Names

Isaiah 9:6, For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Jesus Christ holds many names and titles. This prophetic point is to emphasise the greatness of His name. Why should we care about His name, though? In today’s society, names hardly carry any weight or importance in them. I say hardly, not totally. Today, those who carry the surnames of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, George Bush, Donald Trump, and other famous names carry with them high degrees of importance whether they’re loved or hated. If you’re born in the bloodline of Queen Elisabeth, you become royalty.

For us knaves, however, our surnames mean virtually nothing. In the ancient days, however, one walked around with pride or shame in their family name and place of birth (e.g. Jesus of Nazareth, son of Mary and Joseph; Solomon, son of David, etc.). Fortunately, I have honour in being a Beckett—a long history of soldiers and clergymen.

Yet Jesus holds many names: Christ (Messiah), Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Kinsman Redeemer, Son of God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Alpha & Omega, and so on. We cannot pick our favourite title ascribed to Him; He is all and more. There is no name greater than His name. He is Saviour of all. There is no counsellor greater and wiser than Him. No one is mightier than Him. He is Father of all nations first promised to Abraham; He is how we know God the Father (John 14:9). He reigns with the peace of God for those who believe. He has redeemed our blood-guilt—He has paid our debts. He is the begotten Son of God before all worlds. No king rules over Him; no one is lord over Him. He is the Beginning and the End of us and all things. He is the only name under Heaven in which we can be saved (Acts 4:12).

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