Do you know the name of the Lord? His name is Jesus. In fulfillment of two thousand years of promises to ancient Israel beginning with Abraham, Jesus was born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth in the early 1st Century A.D. As an adult, He lived the most virtuous human life ever recorded. For His trouble, He was cruelly executed. Upon being raised from the dead three days later, and contrary to all we know of human nature, He commissioned His followers to tell the world that He was willing to forgive everyone of everything. He then ascended into heaven and from there He rules the universe just as He had before He came to be born in Bethlehem. Jesus is the name of the Lord.
Names are very practical tools. For one thing, they enable us to connect to the spiritual world – that dimension of creation that we cannot reach with our five physical senses. For example, if you were to go looking for God, where would you go? He dwells in that spiritual dimension you cannot navigate in your customary way. If you call His name, however, He will hear it and come to you. That’s how you find Him.
A name also informs you about the nature and character of the one named. Just like any other person, Jesus established a reputation by the way He lived His life. That reputation is now wrapped up in his name, just as we might say of good person today, “Let no one tarnish his good name.” Therefore, if you call upon the name of the Lord you can not only know that He’ll hear you but you can also have some sense of how He’ll respond and what His attitude is likely to be as you call on Him. That is, He’ll live up to His reputation.
Now you could call out to “the one true God of the universe” and He would respond to you just as quickly as if you called out “Lord Jesus.” However, you would have a vaguer notion of His disposition. By that I mean that while God has revealed Himself in many ways and through different means, He has never revealed Himself more fully and more comprehensively and more clearly than He did through the life of Jesus of Nazareth.
The Bible documents how God has progressively revealed Himself to humanity, with each successive revelation adding to the portrait we have of Him. Throughout time, men have called upon the name of the Lord. Over time, however, our view of who we were calling on became clearer…until finally our eyes were almost blinded by the extent of His wisdom, power, righteousness, and forbearance as revealed in Jesus Christ.
This name of the Lord on which you call, therefore, is very revealing. It also reveals the nature of His Holy Spirit whom He pours out on everyone who calls on Him in sincere hope of forgiveness and with determination to repent. Through His Spirit in you, you can hear His thoughts, sense His closeness, and express His nature. This will change your reputation.
The name of the Lord is first and foremost…Lord. Thus we should be His servants and do His will. Otherwise, why call Him Lord?
For more context, see this overview.
Postscript: Among the comments below, you will find links to specific names of the Lord about which I have written. For example, the first three below are “the Runner and Forerunner,” “the Example,” and “the Lawgiver.” Many others follow (over one hundred in all). Christ has many names – because there is so much He wants us to know about Himself. Pay attention to His names and you will continue to learn more about Him – because He is true to His name.
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