Names are important; their meaning can be a blessing or a curse. God’s people, the Hebrews, put great importance on naming a child. When God sent His son to earth, He announced to Mary, through the angel Gabriel, that she was to call the baby: Jesus. The name, Jesus, in Hebrew means: God saves. In Verse 35 of Luke 2, Gabriel said that Jesus would be called the Son of God.
He had been called many things through the centuries. The Bible calls Him many names; including Lion of Judah, the Lamb of God, the Good Shepherd, the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace, and many more.
He has been called a Good Teacher, a Prophet, a good man. His name has been used profanely and in a derogatory way.
I ask you the question: What do you call him? Jesus asked His disciples: “Who do men say that I am?” They told him that people were calling Him John the Baptist or they thought that perhaps He was Elijah or one of the other prophets returned from the dead. Jesus asked Peter, “who do you say that I am?” Peter replied that He was: the “Christ of God”. (Luke 9:20) My paraphrase
It is vital that you know who Jesus is! But, more important, you need to know Who He is to you! His disciples call Him Lord and Master. That is who He should be to you, if you want to be with Him in His eternal Kingdom. He must be your Savior, your Redeemer, your LORD! There is no other name whereby we can be saved!
Dottie Rambo wrote this song that says it so well:
Master, Redeemer, Savior of the world.
Wonderful, Counselor, Bright Morning Star.
Lily of the valley, Provider , and Friend,
He was yesterday, He’ll be tomorrow, Beginning and End.
Chorus: But the angel called Him Jesus, born of a virgin.
Mary called Him Jesus, but I call Him Lord.
Jehovah, Messiah, Mighty God and King,
Bread of Life, lasting words of love that I sing.
Light and darkness, Door to heaven, my home in the sky,
The Fountain of Living Water that never shall run dry.
I CALL HIM LORD! What do you call Him?