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What's In A Name?
1/20/2011

What's In A Name?

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12 (NKJV)

When I hear others use the Lord Jesus name in vain I think to myself, that's a pretty big name to be throwing around.  It always strikes a chord within me.  A chord that reverberates harshly within the very core of my heart when I hear others loosely use His name in a way that is in total disrespect; whether it be in anger, or in gist.

Have you ever broke down the name, Lord Jesus Christ and thought about what is contained within it?  Let's take a look at it together to get a look at it properly.  Let's start with the name, Jesus.  This name is a Greek translation of the Hebrew name Yeshua (Yaw-Shoe-Ah), which means Jehovah is Salvation.
Joseph and Mary, Jesus' earthly parents, were instructed to call him by this name.

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 (NKJV)

The word commonly following Jesus' name is Christ. Christ is the Hebrew word for Messiah.  This Word testifies of Jesus' mission here on earth because He is the Savior of everyone who believes and accepts Him.  

Q:    What are we to accept Jesus as?

A:    We are to accept Him as our Lord.
This brings us to the First word of His title, Lord. And it is a title that every mouth will confess one day (Rom. 14:11).  Some will call out to Jesus in sincerity and with a personal investment into their relationship with Him, and yet others will call out, "Lord" in vain.

Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Matthew 7:21 (NKJV)

When we use the term "Lord," it indicates our having a relationship with Him - it says we are servants willing to submit to Him as the Lord of our life, and this is the proper relationship we are to have.  So often we tend to look at Jesus as our servant because this is what He did while here on earth, but we have been bought and paid for and therefore it is our turn to lay down our lives and serve others to be imitators of Him (Eph. 5:1).

There are many who can't imagine giving up their particular lifestyle in order to live like Jesus lived they may even view it as some sort of bondage.  The fact is it is a blessing to forgo living for our self and to instead choose to become selfless, caring and willing to serve others.  Jesus told us that if we were willing to lay down our right to live for self, He would give us life abundantly.  Submitting to Him therefore is the only way to truly experience true genuine Christ-like living.

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.. Matthew 16:25 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today to ask, Lord, how can I serve You today?  Who am I, that I have been given this privilege to be in Your service?  That's just one way making Him Lord of our life.

STUDY QUESTION: What is the difference between Lord, Jesus, and Christ?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Have you accepted Jesus as Your Christ and your Messiah?  Have You made Him Lord of your personal life?

APPLICATION: Continue to develop a better relationship today with Jesus by allowing Him to Lord over every aspect of your life, not just the part on Sunday.

Father, I accept the gift that You have given me in Your son.  I have made Him the Lord over my life, and I thank You for allowing Him to die for us.  Use me today in whatever capacity that You choose.  I pray that it will bring glory to Your name.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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