WHAT’S IN A NAME?

JOHN 17:26  “I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love  l with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

OBSERVATION:  Jesus sums up His ministry as He prays to the Father with this single phrase – “I made known to them your name.”  It is easy to pass over the significance of this statement.  Jesus came to reveal the Father.  The Father revealed Himself through His Covenant Name.  His Covenant Name was revealed through the 8 Revelatory Names of God.  Each time God revealed another facet of His name it was through a specific encounter with His people.  Jesus came as the full embodiment and expression of the 8 Revelatory Names of God.  Through Jesus life we behold the full and true nature of God.  Jesus is –

Jehovah Jireh – Our Provider

Jehovah Rapha – Our Healer

Jehovah Nissi – Our Victory (Banner)

Jehovah M’Kaddesh – Our Sanctifier

Jehovah Shalom – Our Peace

Jehovah Rohi – Our Shepherd

Jehovah Tsidkenu – Our Righteousness

Jehovah Shammah – Our Presence

Jesus perfectly fulfilled and portrayed these 8 Revelatory Names in His earthly ministry.  Through His life, His actions, His teaching, and His miracles He fully made known the Covenant and Revelatory Name(s) of God.  This was the full expression of God’s love for mankind  This is why when Thomas asked Jesus to show him the Father, Jesus replied – “Have I been with you so long and yet you have not known Me?”  This is why Jesus emphatically said “I and the Father are one.”  The Living Word, who became flesh and dwelt among us, was the Living Proclamation of the Name of God!  This is why every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  This is why there is no other name given among men whereby we are saved.  This is why there is power in the name of Jesus!

It is through faith in His Name that we are saved, healed, and sanctified.  Martin Luther in his great hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”, proclaims with regards to the enemy of our souls – “…one little word shall fell him…”  This word is Jesus!

Lord, may I run to Your Name today.  Your Name is a strong tower.  Meet all my needs according to the provision and power of Your Great Name.  In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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