In his letter to the church in Philippi, Paul wrote these words about Jesus. "God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
This is one of many places in the Bible where it speaks of the power and the mystery of someone’s name. In biblical days one’s name was of great significance. This is why we are told that God change Abraham and Sarah’s name, Jesus gave Simon a new name (Peter), and even the Babylonian king gave Daniel and his three friends new names.
Changing someone’s name indicated authority over that person.
I have a book on my shelf entitled, The Name Above Every Name. It is actually a devotional book with 366 entries, one for each day, with 366 different names for Jesus, all found in the Bible. Did you have any idea that there were that many different names used for him?
Some are obvious and clear: Christ, Lord, Alpha and Omega, Savior. Others are a bit more obscure: Door, Faithful and True Witness, Rose of Sharon. But in each case the name says a little bit more about Jesus.
When you consider the many ways that Jesus has been described, you come to this realization, he is more than what meets the eye. He is more than what you and I can describe. He is more than we can imagine.
Jesus is Immanuel, which means, "God with us." Whatever else you might say about Jesus, this much is certainly true. He is not like you and me. Fully human, yes. But fully God as well. Impossible fully to describe. And yet fully deserving of our worship and service.
I pray that you know this Jesus. He is a life-changer. He is the Savior. He is the Lord.