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What’s in a name?

A rose is a rose…by any other name or so they say.

And I have absolutely no idea what that means…but…

On Sunday, in class, the question was presented as to why the name used for Jesus and God were anglicized. We could go on with that for really all the names in the Bible because truly the names you and I are familiar with are English forms of Hebrew or Greek names.

And I will stop there because my time is short this morning and so is my knowledge on this subject.

So two quick thoughts to share.

One is to satisfy your curiosity Jesus would have been Yeshua before it was changed to the English version Jeshua  and God would be YHWH until it was expanded Yahweh or Jehovah  in English.

And that, my friends, is a ridiculously condensed explanation gleaned from a quick google search this morning. You are welcome.

The second point is one that I have pondered and marveled over and mediated upon frequently since I left our class that morning.

And that is the name for Jesus that none of us know.


Because in the Revelation of John at the end of the Bible, Jesus is described as He will be when He returns.

God’s Word will do you more good today than anything I could say to inspire or encourage you, so sit up straight…or stand up…and read it with me from my NKJV…

“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.”    Revelation 19:11 & 12

I don’t know about you.

But when I read those words, my heart starts pounding and I can hear in my spirit THE MOST intense ever of all times climactic scores of music that would put all other music to the level of a kazoo playing Yankee Doodle.

He is called Faithful and True…but He has a name …

I’m sorry…


that no one knows yet, except Himself.

I love what Beth Moore taught once about that…

a name that no one has ever been able to use in vain.

A NAME that has never been misaligned or misunderstood.

A NAME above all names.

And then to top it all off…according to verse 16 of this same passage…when He returns He will have a name written on His Robe and across His thigh…and oh my…can we just picture that for a moment?

And that NAME is …


So until we know His name, we can know Him by the names revealed in Scripture …








What are some of the names of Jesus that you hold most tenderly in your heart today?

Call Him by His Name <3

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