Our youngest grandchild, Rachel, is starting to say so many new words.
The best word of all?
Oh, how it warms my heart! It makes me melt – I am putty in her hands when she looks at me with those beautiful blue eyes and says – “Nana”.
I think God must respond in much the same way when we say “Jesus”.
Jesus – the name above every name.
In John 1: 1 – John starts his writings about Jesus in a powerful way –
1 In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John wanted everyone who read his writing to know that Jesus existed from the very beginning – that Jesus was in fact – God. The WORD had great significance for the Jewish people because they had a long tradition of written expression – teachings from God directly to Moses that taught God’s plan for mankind from the very beginning. For John to link Jesus to this WORD was an amazing revelation.
John goes on to say in verse 14 –
14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
Jesus expressed God’s glory.
When we worship Jesus and pray in His name, we bring glory to our heavenly Father. Jesus is God’s WORD that became flesh and lived among mankind.
Jesus has the name that is above every other name. Paul writes in
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
We bring glory to God when we sing and worship Jesus.
We bring glory to God when we pray and praise Jesus.
May we speak the name of Jesus and bless our Father, just as our children and grandchildren do with the words they speak.
May we demonstrate the value of belonging to Jesus with our words.