“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” William Shakespeare

Names are important. Parents spend an inordinate amount of time, effort and in some cultures, resources when choosing a name for their child. In the name resides the hopes and wishes of parents for their children, and when the name does not work out, names get changed. Celebrities do this all the time. Perhaps their given name was not menacing enough, did not do well enough in a focus group poll, whatever it is, their names get changed to more popular ones. Names are important.

What does your name mean? What did it signify when your parents gave you that name or when you took that name for yourself? Beloved, whatever your name is, Jesus wants you to know that now you have another name, His. And His name alone unlocks untold treasure of all realms for you.

Names are important in the Bible too and our Father pays special attention to names. Not only does He name places, He names people, and changes names for people just like He did for Abraham and Sarah, and just like Jesus did for Peter. But as far as names go, there is none greater and more worthy of study than Jesus.

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

Beloved, Jesus has been exalted by our Father to the point where there is none better. So when Jesus says,

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

He is telling you that you are asking for things using the greatest signature ever known in Heaven and anywhere else that is not Heaven. There is not one name greater. So then if that is the case, that means that we have the greatest backer ever standing in our corner. So,

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

“Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Romans 8:33-34

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39

But not only is Jesus the greatest name there is,

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever;” Hebrews 13:8

That means that His love is the same, His protection is the same, His provision and promises are the same. Anything those of old trusted Him for in the past, you can trust Him for it now. Anything He did for others in the past, He will do for you now. He is consistency personified. What a blessing, comforting, uplifting and empowering revelation!

Furthermore, Jesus is also,

“a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 1 Peter 1:19

That means that when He died for your sins, He was an acceptable sacrifice to God. For by law, if anyone wanted to make a sacrifice for his sins, he needed to bring an offering and,

“‘If his offering is of the flocks—of the sheep or of the goats—as a burnt sacrifice, he shall bring a male without blemish.” Leviticus 1:10

So when He took your sins, it was perfect, it was complete, and it was once for all.

Now, not only was Jesus the greatest name ever, the ever constant, the perfect sacrifice, Jesus was also the Shepherd. And in the Shepherd, there is guidance, in the Shepherd, there is protection for,

“The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1-3

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” John 10:11

And in the Shepherd there is also hope for the lost because Jesus Himself said,

“And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” John 10:16

In the name of Jesus, there is also provision for every possible need that you could ever imagine.

“I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11:25

In Jesus, we find eternal life.

“I am the way, the truth and the life.” John 14:6

In Jesus we find the way back to our Father.

“I am the bread of life.” John 6:35

In Jesus we find sustenance and provision for our earthly needs.

“I am the true vine.” John 15:1

In Jesus we find the source of growth and ability to become fruitful in all that we do.

“I am the light of the world.” John 8:12

In Jesus we find enlightenment.

And to sum it all up, the prophet Isaiah said,

“And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

But beloved, the most precious, beautiful wonderful name of Jesus which we also now have is Son. For,

“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:10-13

Beloved child of God, in Jesus you can find all things. Turn to Him today and let Him fill your hearts and minds with the knowledge and love of our Father. Let Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before His presence with exceeding joy, direct your way and give you the strength to live out the life which He has purposed for you. And He shall preserve you from evil for His name is Jesus.

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