Treasure Text: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his […]
Treasure Text: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21, NIV).
It’s interesting to find out why we were given our names and what they mean. Gemma was excited to find out that her name in French means “jewel,” and in English it means “precious stone.” When God’s Son was to be born, an angel of the Lord appeared and told His earthly father, Joseph, that he was to give Him the name “Jesus.” It was specially chosen by God because it means that He would be the Savior of the world.
The Bible uses many names for Jesus, and they all reveal who He is, His character, and His mission. Grandma asked Gemma to go and get her Bible, so they could explore the verses and find the different names for Jesus. They wrote all the names down on a big piece of paper. Here are some of them:
Immanuel, Matthew 1:23: “ ‘The virgin will conceive give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ (which means, ‘God with us)” (NIV). God didn’t want to be a distant God, He wanted to live amongst us. Jesus was God on earth.
Son of God, John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (NIV).” At Jesus’ baptism God confirmed Jesus as His Son. “And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased’ ” (Mark 1:11, NIV).
Son of Man, Mark 10:45: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (NIV), Jesus is also called Son of Man. Jesus was God but He was born from an earthly mother, Mary. That makes Jesus very special because He was the Son of mankind, and he was also the son of God.
Word of God, John 1:1, 14: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (NIV). “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (NIV). Jesus revealed God to us. He was the Word of God. In the beginning, He spoke the world into existence! “The Son the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth” (Colossians 1:15, 16, NIV). Not only did Jesus inspire the Bible, which is God’s Word to us, but Jesus is the Word of God. If we know Him, we know God.
There are many more names for Jesus in the Bible. Ask your parents or teachers to help you discover some more of them. Here are a few places to start:
Lamb of God: John 1:29, 36
Alpha and Omega: Revelation 22:13
Bread of Life: John 6:35
Find out what your name means, and why you were given that name.
Ask Jesus to help you understand the precious meaning of all His names as you study the Word of God.
Write names of Jesus on strips of paper that are the same length. Make a paper chain and hang it between a picture of Jesus and a picture of you and your family.