January 11, 2019

What’s In A Name - Luke 2:21

God without a name. What a travesty. I mean, here's the ruler of the universe, lying around in what would be diapers in the manger. I'm sure they weren't the diapers we wear today. They probably weren't pampers, but all the relatives were referring to him as the baby.

Family Discussions:

  1. Considering all the names given to our Lord, what is your favorite and why is that?
  2. What did God accomplish by becoming a man?
  3. What does your name mean? 
  4. What is one way you can live up to your name?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 Hey, in today's Bible study, it's kind of got a quirky thought. But it's the truth of scripture, and it is this: in Luke 2, verse 21 scripture says this, "And when eight days were completed before his circumcision, his name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb." Joseph knew his name because God appeared to Joseph in a dream when Mary was engaged to him. Mary knew his name because I'm sure Joseph told Mary what the angel had said to him, but you may not realize this, but God once went a whole week without a name. Here's a little birth certificate where my friend Fabian received her name. But, apparently for a week Jesus went without a name. Look for yourself in Luke 2:21.

01:13 God without a name. What a travesty. I mean, here's the ruler of the universe, lying around in what would be diapers in the manger. I'm sure they weren't the diapers we wear today. They probably weren't pampers, but all the relatives were referring to him as the baby, and nobody had the decency to name the child. And when they finally get around to it, they choose, really, the blandest name in Israel: Jesus. It was every mother's choice in zero B.C. They'd have called him Justin or Jeremy, if he was born today. There were probably 50 others with his name in the neighborhood. Really. I'm sure the rabbi's in roll call in the synagogue: "Abraham." "Here." "Benjamin." "Here." "Eli." "Here." "Jesus." "Do you mean the one from over on the side of the mountain? Do you mean the weaver's son? Or do you mean the one whose mother claimed to be a virgin?" You know, "Now class," the rabbi would say, attempting to stop the laughter. How embarrassing it must have been for our Lord growing up. How common, how ordinary he must've felt. Somehow though, I think that's how he planned it. And I think that's what Luke intends for us to catch in chapter two.

02:29 Jesus came into this world just like you and me. He cried, he sucked his thumb, he wet his bed, and slowly he learned to obey his parents. That's why I love him so much. He spent time on earth. He spent time on my level, and then he died for me. You know what? I suppose it's all right that Jesus began his life on earth without a name. In the end, he had a slew of names: Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Lamb of God, Holy One, the Christ, the Alpha and the Omega, the Almighty, the King of kings, the Lord of lords.

03:06 Not Bad for a no name kid from Nazareth, huh? Here's the questions for today. Considering all the names given to our Lord, what is your favorite and why is that? And then secondly, what did God accomplish by becoming a man? And then thirdly, although it was a common name then, the name Jesus actually means Savior. You know, what does your name mean? And you know what, if you're sitting there with your family, mother, dad, husband, wife, child, talk about your name and how your name was given to you. And, and then what is one way you can live up to your name? My friend Fabian, well she was named after her mother, and I'm sure her mother would be proud.

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