“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death– even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phl 2:5-11 (NIV)
“God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name…” – this part of the verse gives me chills as I read it. Jesus Christ, the name that is even above his own – God. Every knee will bow to the name Jesus Christ, everywhere. Every tongue will say Jesus Christ is Lord and he will have all glory. WOW!
How often do we say the name Jesus and we forget the power and glory that is in that name? How esteemed his name is – what all-encompassing glory and honor which goes with this name of our Lord. Too often we say, Jesus Christ as if it weren’t the holiest of names. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ today, may we remember the significance of the name he was given by God the Father.
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sin.” Mat 1:21 (NIV) This command was given to Joseph. I don’t know if Joseph truly understood the enormity of the gift he received in giving Jesus his name.
In truth, the name of Jesus is not really unique. In fact, it was a fairly common Jewish name and is still used today, though not in English. Jesus is an English rendering of the Greek name Jēsous, which is a translation of the ancient Hebrew Yehoshua or “Jehovah is salvation.” When we translate it in English it is “Joshua.”
The name of Jesus is significant because of who it represents—it means “God our Savior.” Jesus Christ is Immanuel, “God with us.” He came to earth as a man in order to die in our place and become our Savior. This is why the angel said, “you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
The name of Jesus reminds us about the amazing humility of the Son of God when He came as a man to die. The name of Jesus shows God’s purpose in his plan; which through Him God saves humanity.
What does “Christ” signify? No, it’s not Jesus’ proper last name, but more significantly a title. Christ comes from the Greek word Christos, meaning “anointed.” It is the same as the Hebrew word Messiah meaning anointed or anointed one.
There is great significance in the word anointed. The Jewish people understood the significance well as they were familiar with the Scriptures in which they expected a Messiah, an anointed one to save them. They understood what the role of the Messiah would be.
Those who expected a Messiah knew that anointing was used in extraordinary situations and was set apart for a special purpose. The Messiah would be dedicated for God’s use, a Priest, a Prophet, a Divine Holy Teacher, a King and ruler of all the world.
Paul describes the position to which God the Father has exalted Jesus Christ. “…He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” Ephesians 1:20-23
Jesus Christ is over everything, “far above all principality and power and might and dominion…” He is over all angels, powers of the universe, the galaxies, the stars, and planets. He works beyond our understanding of time and has authority both now and in the age to come. Papa God has put everything in subjection to himself. This is the greatness and power of the authority of our King and Master, Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ sacrificed himself to pay the death penalty in our place. He lives now within us and through us in his kingdom here on earth. Jesus is the Christ; the Anointed One. He is set apart. He is our High Priest. He is a Holy Prophet and Divine Teacher.
Jesus Christ is will return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is establishing his kingdom and will bring peace forever and salvation to all. He is our King. He is our Lord. He is our Master.
How great is the name Jesus Christ. Let us today celebrate his Birthday.
Do I live my life in a way that evidences Jesus Christ as my King, Lord and Master? When I hear Jesus Christ is my master how does this make me feel? Why do I feel this way?
In what areas of life have I not bowed my knee to Jesus Christ as my master? Why?