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Dec 17 Devotion: The Names of Christ

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  6)  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  7)  But made himself of no reputation, and took him the form of  a servant, and was made in the likeness of me:  8).  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  9).  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  10).  That, at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  11).  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, the glory of God the Father.

                                  PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11

Although the Bible ascribes many different names to Our Savior, I find those in the Gospel of John, particularly revealing, in terms of providing insight into His character and person:

The Good Shepherd (10:11) protects his sheep at all cost from predators. They know His voice and follow Him.

The Door (vv. 7-9) is the only way to enter heaven. Whoever enters through the “gate” of Christ will be saved.

The Vine (15:1-10) is the source of our spiritual life. When we stay intimately connected to Jesus, we bear fruit. If we do not remain in Him, we wither.

The Bread of Life (6:25-35) the only one who can truly satisfy our hearts. Jesus feeds our souls with sustenance that never leaves us wanting for more.

The Light of the World (9:5) shines His light through our countenance as a ministry and testimony to a dark world.

The Way (14:6) to happiness, peace, joy, and eternal life is Jesus Christ.

The Truth (14:6) of His revelation, as recorded in the New Testament, is the reason we can know as much as we do about God.

The Life (14:6) Jesus imparts to believers is powerful, effective, and fruitful, not only in eternity but here on earth as well.

In biblical times, Israelites would choose a baby’s name based on the child’s characteristics or a hope or prayer of the parent. The names given to Jesus tell a great deal about His ministry on earth 2,000 years ago. These scriptural names describing Him reveal who He was and is and will be for eternity.

-IBC

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