It's important to get someone's name right. Our names are a significant part of who we are, the way we are known and even the way we know ourselves.
To begin understanding Jesus, we need to know that there are many names for him. Each one gives a new perspective into his very nature.
God is calling your name now, and inviting you to consider again who Jesus is for you.next >
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”
The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
John 1:35-37next >
Back in Jesus’ day, most folks believed the Messiah would show up looking like this great, muscular war hero who would destroy all his opponents, take no prisoners, and be celebrated for it. When we open the newspaper or look around our schools or workplaces, it seems not much has changed in two thousand years.
When prophets and followers started calling Jesus a “Lamb” – meek, humble creatures that were often seen with shepherds – that probably sounded kind of weird. The God of the Bible has a tendency for turning our expectations about what God – and, indeed, this world - is “supposed” to look like upside down. As it turns out, power does not always look like being the toughest, the most popular, or the most aggressive. Real power comes to us in the person of Jesus Christ – the Lamb of God.
When we look at this name for Jesus, we are given the choice of which kind of “power” we will spend our lives chasing after. What choice will you make today?
Marc van Bulcknext >
Lamb of God, remind me that you showed even your enemies love, dignity, and respect. Help me to see even mine through your eyes today. Amen.next >
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Marc van Bulck
Marc van Bulck is the pastor of Seville Presbyterian Church just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Marc loves media and storytelling. Some of his favorite hobbies include writing, watching movies, nerding out about Jim Henson, and getting coffee with his friends. He is also a magician.
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