Since Christ is God, we must relate to Christ as we would relate to God.
When Christ walked the earth, we – or rather the human beings who encountered Him in those days – related to Him as a man. However, Christ is now raised from the dead and enthroned in His kingdom. We no longer relate to Him as a man, we relate to Him as King of the universe – God Almighty. As a man, Christ was visible; as God, He is invisible.
How do we relate to a person who is invisible? Imagine that you are in a room with many people. There is someone with whom you want to speak and you know for a fact that he is in that room. Further imagine, though, that you are blind. Now, how are you going to connect with that person? Do you stumble through the room groping in the darkness…or do you stand still, call his name, and let him find you? Surely, you do the latter. It’s far more efficient.
Knowing a person’s name – especially if you’re blind – is the key to finding that person. God – that is, Christ – is invisible to us. Therefore, the key to relating to Him, connecting with Him, is knowing His name. That’s why prayer is “calling on the name of the Lord.” You are standing still, calling His name, and letting Him come to you. It is your speaking His name that initiates the process.
Just think: you are on a first name basis with the Creator of all things! Worldly people take pride in being on a first name basis with people who are considered important in this world, but who is more important than God? If it is desirable to know people in high places who will return your call, how much more desirable it is to know the person in the highest place of all…and have him return your call?
When you call on the name of the Lord, you are doing more than just seeking His attention; you are making a claim on what His name implies. For example, consider what is implied by the name of the Lord from just this one passage in the Bible:
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
– Isaiah 9:6
When Christ was a child lying in the manger and cared for by Mary and Joseph, He was not able to “counsel” anyone – much less “wonderfully counsel” them. In His exalted state as king of the kingdom of God, however, He is well able to live up to all those names. And when you call on those names, you are making claims on their meaning. God is not a promoter of false and misleading names; if Messiah is to have those names, He must live up to what they each imply. And as there are many other passages that describe the name of the Lord, there are many other purposes in our lives which He is willing and able to fill. Christ the Lord is our all in all!
Summing up, we relate to Christ first and foremost by accepting that His name is a true and reliable indicator of who He is and what He does. Since He is raised from the dead and no longer in the flesh, we can no longer see Him with physical eyes; we must trust in His name. He does not disappoint.