What’s in a name?

Some people just have to have “name brand” clothes. They won’t wear anything else but a certain brand of jeans, or carry anything but a certain brand purse. But is that important, really?

As I study Hebrew, I’ve found that in ancient times, people’s names actually meant something. Names were given with purpose and sometimes even changed later in life. For example,

  • Abram (high father) became Abraham (father of many)
  • Sarai (contentious) became Sarah (lady/princess)
  • Saul (asked for) became Paul (small/humble) 

So what’s in a name? Well, there’s one name that didn’t change, it won’t change. It will remain forever the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

…an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:20-21.

Jesus was sent to earth by God to “save people from their sins.” I can’t imagine a greater name than that!  He saves us from our sins.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. – Romans 3:23-26

The Bible clearly states that Jesus was sent to save us. Because of our sins, we are not worthy of the glory of Heaven. But Jesus died to make amends (to pay) for our sins in front of God. When we repent and come to faith that Jesus is the Son of God, and when we ask Him to be Lord in our life, we can have eternal life in Heaven. Jesus paid our way!


There are some names that have true value: Jesus is first on the list! The others just don’t compare. Next time you are in a store, and overhear someone talking about name brands/names, take the opportunity to tell them about the name of Jesus!

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