Name Above All Names
Phil. 2:9-11 says, "Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, (10) that every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, (11) and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."As Christians, this passage very clearly states the reason for our faith. Christ came to earth to teach and to offer Himself as the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of man. He came to establish His kingdom, the church, and now, having been given all authority, He rules from on high until the time when He shall return a second time. Verse 9 states that Jesus was given "the name which is above every name."We often sing the song, "Jesus, Name above all Names", and in that song it lists many other names that refer to Jesus and His greatness. Let's look at just a few names, found in the Bible, to help us realize and keep in perspective what a great and mighty and wonderful Savior we serve.
Jesus is referred to as........
"Immanuel"--Matt 1:23 says, " 'Behold the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,' which translated, 'God with us'." This was revealed to Joseph by an angel of the Lord, and the birth of Jesus would fulfill the prophecy given thru Isaiah in Isaiah 7:14. Immanuel means "God-with-us."
"Lord of glory"--James 2:1 says, "My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality." Jesus is referred to as the "Lord of glory" likewise in I Cor. 2:8. Strong's concordance says the term "glory" refers to a "thing belonging to Christ" expressing HIs "majesty" or "kingly majesty".
Redeemer—Several verses in the Bible refer to Jesus as the One who has redeemed us from the bondage of sins through His sacrifice upon the cross. Eph. 1:7 says, "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace." Truly Jesus is a blessed Redeemer, as the song mentioned earlier states!!!!!
"The Word"--John 1:14—"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
"Light of the World"--In John 8:12 Jesus said, "...I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." Without Christ the world would have been left in the darkness of sin, but Jesus, being the light, brought truth whereby we can be brought out of the darkness.
"Wonderful, Counselor,…" In Isaiah 9:6, in a prophecy concerning the coming of the Messiah Isaiah refers to Christ by several different and descriptive terms, "For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Truly the scriptures do a wonderful job of describing the greatness, the humbleness, and the majesty of our Lord Jesus. This article is by no means a complete list, but hopefully it is enough to serve of a reminder of what a wonderful savior we serve. May we bear in mind each day who our Lord really is and the wonderful things He has done for us, none greater than His death on the cross where He bore our sins so that we could live eternally.
- Garrett Alsip