The Wonder of His NameYour Great Name
Nancy Leigh DeMoss: In the beginning was the Word.
Leslie Basham: Be prepared to stand in wonder.
Nancy: Jesus, Jehovah saves, Jehovah’s One and only true Son of God—which is the Son of Man. He is God with us—Emmanuel. That means Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Leslie: Today we begin the study of the names of Jesus.
Nancy: I want to suggest that there may be no more precious name given to Jesus than this one—Friend of sinners. Jesus said to her, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” He is the Bread of Life. He is the Light of the world. He is the Good Shepherd. Jesus is the Truth. He is our Advocate. Alpha and Omega. A man of sorrows. The Lamb of God. Our Redeemer. Jesus is Amen. He is a constant. He is unchanging. He is the same today and forever. He is immutable, unchanging in His wisdom, His grace, His love, His power, His presence with us. He is Faithful. It’s all, all, all about Him.
Leslie: Welcome to the series “The Wonder of His Name: 32 Life-Changing Names of Jesus.”
This is Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss for Wednesday, March 5.
Nancy: What’s in a name? Well, actually more than you might think. In fact, I learned recently that there’s a study called “onomastics.” Did anybody major in onamastics here? It’s actually a field of study, and it means “the study of proper names.” What do names mean, and where did they come from?
Our names are really important. For starters, they distinguish us from other people. My name is Nancy Leigh DeMoss. There’s not another Nancy Leigh DeMoss in this room. And when you tell me your name, it distinguishes you from the person who’s sitting next to you. Names are an important part of our identity. They tell a lot about ourselves.
In the Jewish culture, during the time in which the Scripture was written, names were often descriptive. They could describe a person’s background. They could tell you who the person’s father was, or they could say something about the parent’s hopes and aspirations for their child’s life. What would the child turn out to be like or to do or to be used of God?
In fact, many Old Testament names, and New Testament for that matter, end with the letters “ah” shortened versions of “Yah.” And many of those names are related to Jehovah. People wanted others to know that they loved God; that they were connected to God; that they had a heart for God. So you’ll see all this and more in many biblical names.
Now, throughout the Scripture, there are approximately 350 names or titles attached to Jesus. That’s a lot. And the wonder of His names is that these names reveal to us who He is. They tell us so much about Jesus.
- They reveal His splendor, His majesty, His exaltation.
- Some of His names also reveal His humanity and His humiliation.
- His names tell us why He came.
- His names tell us about His work and His ministry on our behalf.
I think there are so many names because there’s not one name or any small number of names that can adequately or fully capture the wonder of who Jesus is and what He came to do.
In my quiet time recently, I’ve been reading in the Gospel of John. I’ve just been highlighting different names of Jesus that you find just in that one book of the Bible. He’s called the Word, the Son of God, the Son of Man. He’s called rabbi or teacher. He’s called the Prophet referring to an Old Testament prophecy about a prophet who would come. He’s called the Messiah, Christ, Lord, the Lamb of God, the King of Israel, the Savior of the world, and the Holy One of God.
And that’s not to mention all those “I Am” names. Remember those through the Gospel of John? I am the Light of the world; I am the Bread of Life; I am the good Shepherd; I am the Vine; I am the Door; I am the Way, the Truth, the Life. And these are just a handful of those many, many precious, wonderful names of Jesus.
And so today, we’re beginning a series that I have really been looking forward to. It’s called “The Wonder of His Name: 32 Life-Changing Names of Jesus.” We’re starting this series on the first day of a forty-day period leading up to Easter, a season that many around the world observe as “Lent.”
Now, I think there’s a lot of value in observing these kind of special days surrounding our holidays which were once “holy days.” But our holy days have become holidays. By forgetting where they came from and what they’re all about, we’ve stripped so many of these holy days from their significance and their meaning.
I think it helps us to be intentional about turning our thoughts and our hearts to the reality and the meaning of these special days on our Christian calendar—days like Christmas and Easter and Good Friday, days that are significant in our spiritual walk.
I want to encourage you over this season coming up between now and Easter to be intentional in focusing on Christ and preparing your heart to observe, to commemorate the Passion Week of Christ just several weeks from now. As we begin this series, I want to tell you what some of our goals are, what I’m praying and hoping God will accomplish in our lives.
First of all, as we study these wonderful names of Jesus, we want to learn more about Jesus, about who He is. We want to “consider Jesus” as the author of Hebrews tells us to do. We want to look at His splendor, His deity, His humanity, and many, many facets of His character and His work on our behalf.
But we don’t want to just learn more about Jesus. We want to get to know Jesus personally. I don’t want this study to be just textbook or theory for us, not just theology, but theology on fire in our hearts to bring us to a point of a deeper, more intimate relationship with Jesus.
The more we know Jesus will lead us to greater worship and adoration, admiration, and gratitude for who He is and what He means to us.
As we get to know Him better, it will also bring us to a place of greater humility, right? Because how can you look at Jesus who is so wonderful, so awesome, so amazing and still think that we are amazing. I mean, it puts us in our rightful place to see who He is compared to who we are.
But also, I love the fact that He lifts us up. He came to lift us out of our sin, to rescue us from ourselves. So it gives us a sense of confidence as we find ourselves to be in Christ.
As we behold the Savior, something amazing happens. Do you know what it is? We become more like Him. We take on His likeness as we behold His glory 2 Corinthians 3:18 says. We are transformed, transfigured into the same image from glory to glory. So we want to steadfastly gaze upon Christ and that gaze over these next weeks will be transformational.
So I want to encourage you not to just spectate or be hearers of this series. But I want to encourage you to participate. We’ve been telling you over the last few weeks about a resource we’ve developed related to this series, and it’s called The Wonder of His Name. It’s a beautiful little book that has a section on each of the names we’ll be looking at over these next weeks and a devotional reading and some meaningful quotes and Scriptures.
If you haven’t got a copy of it yet so that you can be following along with us, it’s not too late. We’re glad to send that resource to you as our way of saying “thank you” when you make a donation to the ministry of Revive Our Hearts for any amount. Just give us a call at 1–800–569–5959, or visit us online at