Meditation for Monday

O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Thy Name in all the earth! Who hast set Thy glory above the heavens. Psalm 8:1

Have you ever looked up the meaning of your name in a book or on the Internet? You can find out where your name came from, what it was originally intended to describe, the different variants and diminutives of the name, and what famous people have had that name. Some names are fairly common, while others are unique, or at least unusual. Prospective parents spend a considerable time picking out names for the baby, because they know the importance of selecting just the right name, something that will be an important part of that baby for the rest of his or her life. Some names are ordinary or straightforward, others are fancy and colourful. Certainly, nobody ever selects a name that will sound offensive or insulting (although nicknames can sometimes break that rule). But of all the wonderful names that are given to children all over the world, none is so excellent as the name of our Lord!

Before He was born, Jesus’ earthly parents were told what His name was to be. His name means Saviour, and we are thankful that He lived up the the meaning of His name. His life’s mission was to seek and to save that which was lost. When we consider our own experience, in which we as lost sinners were brought to the truth of the Gospel, we rejoice that we ever came to know Him as our Saviour. And we are reminded of His saving power every time we read or hear His Name.

Isaiah reminds us (Isaiah 7:14) that His name is also Immanuel, which means God with us. When we consider that name, we are amazed that God would ever be willing to dwell with men. We read of Jesus’ humble birth, his lowly residence in a Jewish backwater town, His willingness to be familiar with the tools of a poor workman’s trade, and his poverty during His years of public ministry. None other than the God of eternity stooped to become Immanual and dwell with us upon a sinful earth.

Other names were given to the Lord Jesus by those around Him. Some would call Him Rabbi, recognizing His leadership and His teaching. Others called Him Master, acknowledging His lordship. Whatever name His followers would give Him, He was qualified to fulfill.

You and I may or may not live up to whatever our names mean, and it doesn’t really matter. But the Lord Jesus was given the most excellent names in all of earth and Heaven, and He lived up to those names perfectly. – Jim MacIntosh

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