Changing My Focus – Advent 2012 – Day 9: His Names

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Rediscovering the Christmas Season – Day 9: His Names

For a child will be born for us,
a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on His shoulders.
He will be named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
~Isaiah 9:6

Let us be glad, rejoice, and give Him glory,
because the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and His wife has prepared herself.
~ Revelation 19:7

Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse.
Its rider is called Faithful and True,
and He judges and makes war in righteousness.
His eyes were like a fiery flame, and many crowns were on His head.
He had a name written that no one knows except Himself.
He wore a robe stained with blood,
and His name is the Word of God.
~ Revelation 19:11-13

And He has a name written on His robe and on His thigh:
KING OF KINGS
AND LORD OF LORDS.
~ Revelation 19:16

God will bring this about in His own time. He is
the blessed and only Sovereign,
the King of kings,
and the Lord of lords,
the only One who has immortality,
dwelling in unapproachable light;
no one has seen or can see Him,
to Him be honor and eternal might.
Amen.
~ 1 Timothy 6:15-16

I’ve always loved reading about the many names of God and Jesus given to us in Scripture.  I especially love all the Hebrew names of God given in the Old Testament.  Today’s devo focused on some of the many ways to which Jesus is referred, and what they specifically meant to me.

Wonderful Counselor: someone who always gives wise advice and guidance and to whom I can always turn when I need help in making decisions

Mighty God:  unparalleled strength and power; undefeated

Eternal Father: the One who is always looking out for me

Prince of Peace: the One who calms my anxiety and brings serenity in place of worry

Lamb: spotless One who bore the penalty for my sin and was sacrificed in my place

Word of God: creative power behind the universe and One who holds everything together

Sovereign: supreme ruler

King of kings and Lord of lords: ultimate power and authority; there is none greater

But the one that spoke to me the most right now, the one that I’ve been clinging to this year and this Christmas is:

Faithful and True

He will never betray me or lie to me.  He is always trustworthy.  Always loyal.  He keeps His Word and all of His promises.  He will fulfill His vow to me.

The YouVerson Bible App also has an Advent devotional aimed at families called Knowing Him By Name.  It gives you a different name of Jesus to focus on for each day of Advent.  Here are the names and scripture references they give:

  • I AM (John 8:58)
  • The Word (John 1:1-3)
  • Son of David (Matt. 1:1)
  • True Vine (John 15:1)
  • Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5)
  • Bread of Life (John 6:48-51)
  • Rock (1 Cor. 10:1-4)
  • Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5-6)
  • Counselor (Isaiah 9:6)
  • Lamb of God (John 1:29)
  • Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
  • Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14)
  • The Way (John 14:6)
  • Truth (John 14:6)
  • Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14)
  • Messiah (Daniel 9:25)
  • Holy and Righteous One (Acts 3:14; John 15:9-10)
  • Son of God (Luke 1:35; Matt. 16:15-17)
  • Son of Man (Daniel 7:13-14; Matt. 24:30)
  • Redeemer (Job 19:25)
  • King of kings (Rev. 19:15-16)
  • Good Shepherd (John 10:1-18)
  • Light of the World (John 8:12)
  • Jesus (Matt. 1:21)

This has probably been my favorite of the Advent devotionals so far.  Focusing on the many names of Jesus and what they mean is just a soothing balm to my wounded soul right now.

What name of Jesus speaks to you the most right now?  Meditate on that name this Christmas whenever you start to feel overwhelmed.  

Advent 2012

I’m linking up with Thorns and Gold to share Advent/Christmas posts this month. 

Also linking with:
New Equus • Found the Marbles • Jenni Mullinix • Intentional.Me • Our Simple Country Life • Walk in His Grace • Lost in the PrairiesYour Thriving Family • Christian Mommy Blogger• Raising Mighty Arrows • A Holy Experience • Graceful • lowercase letters • The Better Mom • The Wellspring •What Joy Is Mine • Covered In Grace • Finding Heaven • Rachel Wojnarowski • Gracelaced • The Mom Initiative • Heavenly Homemakers

 

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