What's in a name?

First Lady Barbara Duncan


John 18:5 Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them.
As the chapter unfolds, the troops and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees were questioning Jesus’ identity. He repeatedly told them who He was. “I am He.”

As I began to learn more about Word of God, back in 1997, I named our baby girl, Azell, “daughter of destiny.” Daughter of destiny carries the meaning that God has destiny for this child and she will fulfill her calling. I gave her this name in the hope and prayer that Azell will become what her name implies. God has the right and the power to cause anyone He names to become what the name implies. “I am He, Jesus of Nazareth.” When the Son of God came into the world, His name was not left to chance. “You shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

God chooses names for the sake of revealing things about Himself that will deepen our love for Him and enlarge our admiration and strengthen our faith. Jesus came to SAVE us. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Who is Jesus?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1-2). Jesus was with God in the beginning of time. It continues in verse 14 “And the Word was made 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.” God took on humanity and lived in a physical body. Jesus said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). He didn’t say that He was simply like the Father. He said that they were “one.”

Jesus is God! We must receive Jesus as our personal Savior. John1:12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” There’s life in Jesus!