Did you know that there are over 100 names or titles for Jesus in the Bible? The many names and titles of Jesus servea purpose—they tell us about His character, about who He is, and what He does for us. They help us understand Him,and help us learn how to interact with Jesus in deeper ways. A “name” is defined as “a word or a combination of words by which a person, place, or thing, a body or class, or any object of thought is designated, called, or known.” (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/name) Your nameIn Bible times, people might also holdwould give their And you shall a meaning—itbabies names based I shall call may signify youron their appearance be called … Jacob…or on some other you Esau the parents’ hopes the, um, deceiver. and dreams foraspect of their nature. Hunter!After God made you, or something that you meana covenant with I’ll show to them. This isAbram, God changed them! Rockin’! also what God didAbram’s name to when naming His“Abraham.” Abraham Son. “Jesus” is themeans “father of a Greek equivalentmultitude”—because of the HebrewGod promised name “Joshua.”Abraham that he It means thatwould have as many “salvation is ofoffspring as the stars Jehovah [God].”in the sky.
Sometimes we call each other nicknames asterms of endearment, or when describing an There now,aspect of someone’s character or personal-ity. For example, your parents might call you SUNSHINE.“champ” or “sweetheart” or “sunshine.” What’s the matter?Throughout the Bible,great men of God havecalled Jesus many thingsbased on their personaldiscoveries of Hischaracter. Some namesof Jesus are based onthe many statementsGod has made aboutwho He is, and promisesthat Jesus has givenabout who He is. Forexample, Jesus told Hisdisciples that He wasour “good shepherd,”because of the way thatHe lovingly cares andwatches over us.
Some names of Jesus as listed in the Bible are “titles.” A diction- ary defines “title” as “an appellation1 of dignity, honor, distinction, or preeminence attached to a person or family by virtue of rank, office, precedent, privilege, attainment, or lands.”2 For example, Yes, the following forms of address are all titles: Sir, Lord, Your Majesty, Reverend, Doctor, Mr. President, Your Honor, Professor, etc. sir! 1. an identifying name or title 2. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/title YourYou can call someone by their title as a form of respect, Majesty.but their title is not necessarily their personal name. Jesushas many titles, because He is many things to us—He isour Father, our High Priest, our Intercessor, the Messiah,and so much more.In this series we will look at a few of the names of Jesus, andyou can continue these studies of Jesus’ name on your own.
Name: Christ The New Testament was written in The Old Testament was written Greek, so “Christ” comes from the Greek in Hebrew, and their word forReference: Matthew 1:16; Luke 9:20 word christos, which means “anointed.” “anointed” was “Messiah.” This word“…and Jacob the father of Joseph, the In Old Testament days, God would was occasionally used in the Newhusband of Mary, of whom was born choose and proclaim a king of Israel by Testament as well. For example, inJesus, who is called Christ.” (NIV) having one of His prophets “anoint” His the New Living Translation of the chosen one with oil. So when we say Bible, Luke 9:20 reads, “Then he“‘But what about you?’ he asked. “Christ Jesus” or “Jesus Christ,” we are asked them, ‘But who do you say‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter recognizing God’s anointing of kingship I am?’ Peter replied, ‘You are theanswered, ‘The Christ of God.’” (NIV) that He gave to His Son. Messiah sent from God!’” I anoint thee with oil, and crown you king!