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    Names of Jesus Day 13: Prince of Peace

    I don’t like to share a verse out of context, so here is Isaiah 9:1-7, which highlights phrases that describe the promised Savior. Isaiah was a prophet in a difficult time for the people of God. There was disobedience and isolation and the people needed hope. You can read the commentary on the passage here. “But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2 The people who walked…

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    Names of Jesus Day 12: Servant

    I’ve had many conversations about what it means to be a servant, more specifically, Christ-like, over the last several months. It’s a pretty simple concept, but what makes it extraordinary is that we are talking about God. He comes to us in human form to live among us. He teaches and performs miracle because he is God. Yet, he humbles himself, as a man, and not only that, but as a servant. His end goal is to serve his fellow man through his earthly actions, most notably, dying on the cross. He is God, He is King, yet he portrays himself as humble servant to show us the power of…

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    Names of Jesus Day 11: Mighty

    Today’s post really needs no commentary: the Scripture says it all. “The Lord your God is in your midst,     a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness;     he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17, ESV     "Names of Jesus" Click on the link above to see this word cloud at WordItOut. You may also view it on this website if you enable JavaScript (see your web browser settings). Word cloud made with WordItOut

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    Names of Jesus Day 10: Author & Perfecter

    An author creates something new. An author gives life to something that previously didn’t exist. “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2, NKJV Jesus is the author of our faith. God gave us our faith…

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    Names of Jesus Day 9: The Word

    I shared the beginning of this passage in my very first post, as I discussed Jesus always being with the Father and present at creation.  But I share a verse further in the passage to go deeper into who Jesus is as The Word: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14 The Word = Jesus. Not only did God come to us in human form, but the words of Scripture did, too. The Gospel message, which was breathed out by God; the message of…

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    Names of Jesus Day 8: Advocate

    What does the word, “Advocate” mean to you? Synonyms I think of include: cheerleader, champion, one who speaks up on behalf of another; significant voice; one who lends support Scripture speaks of Jesus being our Advocate: “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” – 1 John 2:1 (ESV) Christ came to take our place, to take the punishment for our sin, even though he never sinned. As the footnote of my Bible says, “In God’s court the defender must be, and is, sinless.”  (Concordia Self…

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    Names of Jesus Day 7: I/Emmanuel

    "Names of Jesus" Click on the link above to see this word cloud at WordItOut. You may also view it on this website if you enable JavaScript (see your web browser settings). Word cloud made with WordItOut As a theology major in college, I am fascinated with the languages of the Bible (although I never took Greek or Hebrew). I most likely learned about Immanuel vs. Emmanuel, but didn’t recall this morning, so I looked it up: Dive in here if you are really curious.   The short answer is that “Immanuel” is translated from the Hebrew and “Emmanuel” is a Greek Translation of the Hebrew. The Old Testament is where we…

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    Names of Jesus Day 6: Good Shepherd

    So much in this passage from John about Jesus the Good Shepherd: “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. God the father and God the son are partners in coming into our lives. We are called by name, in our baptism and become followers of Christ. 4 When he has…

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    Names of Jesus Day 5: Worthy of Praise

    While yesterday was Sabbath for many of you, being a professional church worker means that Sunday morning is only partially a day of rest and maybe not at all. I participate in corporate worship with fellow members of my congregation, but I also am working, leading various activities, having ministry-related conversations, etc… Yesterday was a very full day in that aspect, but I began the day (very early, I might add), with worship music in my car on my way to church. I also came home very late and listened to the same that evening. In the midst of a crazy, productive, wonderful day of serving the Lord I was able…

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    Names of Jesus Day 4: I AM

    God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” – Exodus 3:14 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” – John 8:58 God identifies himself as I AM in the Old Testament. Jesus identifies himself in the same way in the Gospel of John. I love how Scripture is connected in this way to encourage my faith in the promise of Jesus. I love this song from David Crowder, which describes the power of I AM: Chorus: I am, Holding on to You. I am, Holding on to…