IN HIS NAME – CHRISTMAS BLESSING –
LUCSC CHAPLAIN – Rob Briggs 9-12-20
IN HIS NAME
What’s in a NAME ! ! Indeed, most of us are familiar with those words in William Shakespeare’s play ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Our name is very important to us, after all it is our name that identifies us as an individual. How impersonal would it be if we were just given a number or some other symbol as an identifier? Most of us have at least one Christian name but it is also common to find people with two or three or even more Christian names. When these names are combined with our Surname and some other details, like our birth date, it separates us from every other person, giving us a unique identity.
You know, at this time of year we celebrate the birth of the most unique person to ever walk on this earth. Of course, I am speaking of Jesus Christ. We put His name to this celebration, calling it Christ-mas. It is probably the most recognized and celebrated event around the world and yet how many people celebrate it in the full knowledge of its true significance?
In John 1:1-3 it refers to Him as the “Word”, ‘and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.’ Then further along in verse 14 it states ‘And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us’ I take from that, that this is truly the Son of God, fulfilling the prophesy given 700 years earlier by Isaiah when he foretold that ‘a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.’ (Isaiah 7:14). When we are given advance information of an event that is yet to happen and when it actually takes place exactly as predicted, then I believe that we should sit up and take notice don’t you?
Jesus is referred to on almost every page of the Bible. He is given many names, but they all describe Him and his purpose exactly. Here above is a comprehensive list of references:
One of the most predictive and descriptive verses that I like is found in Isaiah 9:5-7
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon His Kingdom, to order it and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
I am sure that you have by this time made comprehensive plans for how you will celebrate this year. Can I encourage you to contemplate the real meaning of Christmas as you come together with family and friends this December. And may you carry that attitude forward into next year as we prepare for the 2021 season.
My prayer is for us all to experience His love as we share this joyous time with our families. May I take this opportunity to wish you and all your loved ones a very blessed, happy and Holy Christmas celebration.
My wish also is that 2021 will be a prosperous and healthy year for you all.
May God bless you
Rob (Bob) Briggs
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