What's in a name?

Jesus' name means “God saves.” That's a powerful message to be reminded of every time you hear the name.

Remember that God saves. Remember that God is with you. Remember that you are never alone.

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Therefore, God highly honored him and gave him a name above all names, so that at the name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth might bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11

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Jesus is a game changer, and yet for Christians it is so easy to take it all for granted. But the reality that God has come to us, not in words on a page, or even words spoken by others, but in human form — that is utterly and completely amazing. God can no longer be relegated to some distant kingdom of clouds, listening to angels jamming on harps morning, noon, and night. Neither can human beings, regardless of religion or background, be treated as if they do not matter. No, Jesus transforms our understanding of ourselves, of what it means to be human.

Jesus' presence in the world forces us to come face to face with a present and active God in our midst. A God whose very being is love and desires for us to become the same. Jesus compels us to recognize in every person the gift of God’s revelation that each of us make God known and present in ourselves. What does Jesus mean to you?

Andrew Kellner

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God, please grant me the grace of knowing you present to me in each person I encounter, and help me to confess Jesus as Lord. Amen.

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God sends you out in the world to be God’s love for all.

Andrew Kellner

The Rev. Andrew L Kellner is a recently ordained priest and serves as a chaplain and religion teacher at Saint James School in Philadelphia, PA. Saint James School is an urban Episcopal middle school serving under-resourced families. In addition, he serves at Saint Simon the Cyrenian Church as the Curate.

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