Names of Jesus Series Wrap-Up

Names of Jesus Series Wrap-Up

The Names of Jesus series is at its end. My hope and prayer is that this series has helped you to get to know our Savior even better, through the characteristics His names reveal.

In case you missed any of the posts from the series, here are links to each of them:

Son of God – Jesus is the Son of God. He and the Father are one (John 10:30). As the Son of God, He revealed to us the Father’s heart of love for us.

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-son-of-god/

Son of Man – Jesus, though God in His very nature, didn’t consider equality with God something to be grasped, but taking on the nature of a servant, was made in human likeness (Philippians 2:6-7). The Son of Man came to save you!

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-son-of-man/

Lamb of God – At the cross Jesus, the Lamb of God, became our sin offering – the fulfillment of the sacrifices offered in the Old Testament for the sins of the people.

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-lamb-of-god/

Bread of Life – Jesus is the Bread of Life, which alone can truly satisfy. True life is found in Him!

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-bread-of-life/

Light of the World – The Light of the World lives inside of us, making us, in turn, lights in a dark place.

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-light-of-the-world/

The Good Shepherd – Jesus is the Good Shepherd, who laid down His life for us, His sheep (John 10:11).

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-the-good-shepherd/

The Resurrection and the Life – Our Savior is The Resurrection and the Life. He came that we might have life (John 10:10). He promises eternal life to all who believe in Him (John 3:16).

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-the-resurrection-and-the-life/

The Way  – Jesus made a way for us to have a relationship with God. He is the only way to the Father.

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-the-way/

The Truth – Jesus is The Truth, and He came to reveal to us the truth of God’s love and grace for each one of us.

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-the-truth/

The Life – Though we once were dead in our transgressions and sins, we have been made alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5). He wants us to experience and enjoy the abundant life that He came to give us (John 10:10) in every area!

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-the-life/

Which is your favorite of the names of Jesus? Comment to share.

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Names of Jesus – The Life

Names of Jesus - The LifeIn John 14:6, Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is The Way – the only way to the Father. He is The Truth, and He came to show us the truth of God’s love and grace for each one of us. He is also The Life.

We all have sinned (Romans 3:23), the wages of which is death (Romans 6:23). Romans 5:12 states that through one man – that man being Adam – sin entered the world, and through sin, death. Also that death came to all in this way, for all have sinned. The good news of the gospel is that even while we were dead in our transgressions, God made us alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5).

Jesus came to save us by giving His life for us at the cross. One died for all. All died, therefore (2 Corinthians 5:14). Because He died in our place, His death was our death. We have been raised with Christ (Colossians 3:1). We have been given new life in Him. He is The Life. All who believe in Him possess life everlasting (John 3:16).

Our Savior came that we might have life more abundant (John 10:10). He wants to give us life in every area – mentally, physically, financially, and in every other way, as well as spiritually, in our relationship with Him. He wants us to experience the abundant life He came to give us.

Though we were once dead in our sins, we have been made alive with Christ. He gives us, His sheep, eternal life (John 10:28). He desires for us to enjoy life more abundant in every area of our lives. Come to Him, and receive an abundance of life for your every area of lack!

Join us tomorrow as we wrap up the Names of Jesus series!

“You give life. You are love. You bring light to the darkness. You give hope. You restore every heart that is broken.”

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Names of Jesus – The Truth

Names Of Jesus - The TruthThis week is the fourth and last week of the Names of Jesus series. If you’ve missed any posts from the series, check them out from earlier this month, and delve deeper into the names of our wonderful Savior!

When talking to His disciples, following the last supper, Jesus called Himself the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). He is The Way – the only way to the Father. He is also The Truth. John 1:14 states that Jesus was full of grace and truth. John 1:17 says that through Moses came the law, but through Christ came grace and truth. In these two verses from the first chapter of the book of John, grace and truth are mentioned together. Our Savior is The Truth, and He came to reveal to us the truth of our Heavenly Father’s love and grace for each one of us.

Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). When He was on this earth, He did nothing by Himself, but only what He saw His Father doing (John 5:29). When He ate with tax collectors and sinners (Matthew 9:10), when He reached out and touched a leper, who was considered unclean, to heal him (Matthew 8:3), and when He extended forgiveness to a woman who had lived a sinful lifestyle (Luke 7:37-38 & 48), He was demonstrating the true heart of God to those around Him.

For years, God’s people had lived under the old covenant of the law, which was based on mankind’s attempts to earn relationship with God, and all of His blessings. The law was given, however, not as a way for us to be made right with God, but as our tutor, to lead us to Christ (Galatians 3:24) – to bring us to the end of ourselves, and show us our need for a Savior. When Jesus came, He clearly demonstrated to us God’s amazing grace, which is shown to us under the new covenant that He came to establish.

Our Savior came, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). The One who is The Truth came to reveal to us the truth of God’s love and grace towards us. Grace and truth truly did come through Christ (John 1:17)!

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Names of Jesus – The Way

Names of Jesus - The Way

The Way – John 14:6

In John 14:6, Jesus calls Himself the way, the truth, and the life, declaring that no one comes to the Father except through Him.

Our Savior is The Way – the only way to God. Our Heavenly Father loved us so much that He wanted us to be His children, so He sent Jesus to make a way for us to come to Him. It is by His blood that we have been justified (Romans 5:9). In Him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7). Through faith in Him, we are made right with God (Romans 3:22). Christ is the gate, and those who enter through Him are saved (John 10:9)!

Salvation is found in Christ alone. There is no other name by which mankind is saved (Acts 4:12). Nowhere and to no one else can we go to find a relationship with the one true God. It is found only in His Son, who gave His life for us at the cross.

Jesus, our Savior, is The Way. He made a way for us to be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). It is through Him, and only through Him, that we are saved!

“One way, Jesus, You’re the only one that I could live for!”

Names of Jesus – The Resurrection and the Life

Names of Jesus - The Resurrection and the Life

The Resurrection and the Life – John 11:25 

In John 11, we read the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. In verse 25, while talking to Lazarus’s sister Martha, Jesus declares Himself to be the resurrection and the life.

At the cross, our Savior gave His life for us, paying the price to redeem us. Afterwards, He was placed in a tomb with a stone rolled in front of it (Matthew 27:60), but He didn’t stay there. On the third day, He rose again (Luke 24:6-7). 1 Corinthians 15:22 says that just as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:55 declares the sting of death to be sin, and the strength of sin to be the law. Jesus took all of our sins upon Himself, receiving the punishment for them in full. The only Perfect One fulfilled the law for us. Through Him, we are given the victory (1 Corinthians 15:57)!

Jesus is the source of life. True life is found in Him.

  • He came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
  • All who believe in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).
  • He gives us eternal life, and none can snatch us from His hand (John 10:28).
  • Those who follow Him will have the light of life (John 8:12).
  • He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

Our Savior truly is The Resurrection and the Life! He came that we might have life (John 10:10), and promises eternal life to all who believe in Him (John 3:16). Let’s give thanks Him thanks!

“I will live, I will not die. The resurrection power of Christ alive in me, and I am free, in Jesus’ Name!”

Names of Jesus – The Good Shepherd

Names of Jesus - The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd (John 10:11)

Psalm 100:3 says that we are the Lord’s people – the sheep of His pasture. John 10:11 tells us that Jesus is the good shepherd, who lays down His life for the sheep.

Though each one of us, like sheep, have gone astray, upon Jesus was laid all of our iniquity (Isaiah 53:6). He gave His life for us freely – of His own accord (John 10:18) – at the cross, that we might be saved. He took our sin upon Himself, and suffered the punishment that should have been ours, that we might receive His place of right standing before God. What a wonderful shepherd He is!

In John 10:28 says that our Good Shepherd gives His sheep eternal life.  He promises that they will never perish, for no one can pluck them from His hand. He says that no one can snatch them from the Father’s hand, either, for He and the Father are one (John 10:29-30). Knowing this, we can rest assured that our salvation is secure. We don’t have to waver back and forth wondering whether or not we are truly saved. Rather, we can have faith that by receiving Him – by believing in His name – we ARE God’s children (John 1:12)!

Just like in the story of the lost sheep, our Good Shepherd pursues us individually, rejoicing over us when He finds us, and carrying us home upon His shoulders. He delights in saving us, and wants us to trust in Him as our one and only Savior. Like the sheep in the story, let’s rest on His strong shoulders, relying fully upon Him for our salvation, rather than our good works.

Jesus is our Good Shepherd, who gave His life for us, His sheep. Our salvation is completely secure in Him. Let’s allow our selves to be loved and cared for by Him, trusting in what He has done for us, rather than anything we have done (Luke 15:4-6), for our salvation!

“You are the shepherd, giving what I could not afford. Leaving the many, You sought to find me, Lord.”

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Names of Jesus – Light of the World

Names of Jesus - Light of the World

Light of the World – John 8:12

Our Savior is the Light of the world. Those who follow Him will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12).

The Light of the World lives inside of us, making us, in turn, a light in a dark place (Matthew 5:14). We shine forth His glory and grace, reflecting to the world a glimpse of who He is. Just as the moon has no light of its own, but rather reflects to the world the light of the sun, our light is not of ourselves. Rather, we reflect the light of the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2). Because of the grace He has shown to us, we can show grace to others. Because of the love He has given us, we can give out love to those around us. Because we have freely received, we can freely give (Matthew 10:8).

Jesus’ light makes us shine. The light of His love and grace is upon us, attracting those around us, and pointing them to Him. They will notice that there’s something different about us, and want what we have.

The Light of the World lives in us, causing us to shine forth His glory. We reflect His brilliance to those around us, pointing them to Him. Know that His light is upon you. Allow it to shine through you every day!

“Light of the World, You stepped down into darkness. Opened my eyes, let me see beauty that made this heart adore you, hope of a life spent with you.”

Names of Jesus – Bread of Life

Names of Jesus - Bread of Life

Bread of Life – John 6:35

In John 6:35, Jesus calls Himself the Bread of Life. He declares that those who come to Him will never hunger, and those who believe in Him will not thirst.

In this world, many hunger and thirst for something that can satisfy. They try to fill the void that they feel inside with that which can never give true satisfaction. Time and time again, they come up empty, always longing for something more. The only One who can truly fulfill is Jesus. He promises that those who come to Him, He will never cast out (John 6:37). Never it all of the gospels did anyone approach Him in vain. He knew each of them individually, and in love, met them where they were at, and provided for their needs. He who did this is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Come to Him, and receive the Bread of Life, which alone can truly satisfy.

Jesus is the Bread of LIFE! True life is found in Him. John 10:10 says that He came that we might have life more abundant. John 3:16 says that all who believe in Him have eternal life (John 3:16). He wants us to experience the life He came to give us in our every area of need.

Those who come to the Savior will never hunger or thirst. He gives life to all who believe in Him. Receive the Bread of Life, knowing that in Him, you are complete (Colossians 2:10)!

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Names of Jesus – Lamb of God

Names of Jesus - Lamb of God

Lamb of God – John 1:29

In John 1:29, Jesus is called the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. In the Old Testament, when the Israelites sinned, they were to bring either a goat or a lamb as an offering for their sins (Leviticus 4:2, 27-28 & 32). However, the blood of such animals could never truly take away the sins of the people (Hebrews 10:4). These sacrifices were intended, rather, to point to Christ, and the work He would do for us at the cross.

Over 2,000 years ago, the perfect sacrifice – the true Lamb of God, who would take away our sins – was born into the world. God sent Him to be our sin offering (Romans 8:3), giving His life for us at the cross.

Just as in the Old Testament, an innocent lamb became the sacrifice for the sins of the guilty, our sinless Savior died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). In the same way that the transgressor was the one to slay the lamb (Leviticus 4:33), so was it for our sake that the Son of God gave His life.  As the blood of the sacrificial lamb was poured out at the base of the alter (Leviticus 4:34), so was the blood of Jesus poured out for us, that we might be justified (Romans 5:9). Just as the lambs that were brought as an offering for the sins of the people were burned on the alter (Leviticus 4:35), Jesus endured the fiery wrath of God’s anger against sin at the cross.

Jesus truly was the Lamb of God, who took away the sins of the world. In Him is found the fulfillment of the sacrifices offered in the Old Testament. Because of His death at the cross, our sins have been removed from us. We have been completely forgiven, because of the price that He paid. Let’s give thanks to Him for all that He has done for us!

“I am His because He is . . . the Lamb of God who rolled away the stone in front of every grave.”

Names of Jesus – Son of God

Names of Jesus - Son of God

One of the names of Jesus, our wonderful Savior, is the Son of God. Even before His birth, it was proclaimed that He would be called this (Luke 1:35). As the Son of God, He and the Father are one (John 10:30).

When Jesus was on this earth, He showed us the Father’s heart of love for us, and desire for us to enter into relationship with Him. In beholding Him, we behold our Heavenly Father (John 14:9), whose love for us was clearly demonstrated through Christ’s death at the cross (Romans 5:8).

Just as the loving daddy in the story of the prodigal son ran to and embraced his erring child with open arms when he returned home, symbolizing God’s glad reception of us when we turn to Him, Jesus welcomed all who came to Him, declaring that He came to call not the righteous, but sinners (Mark 2:17).

Just as God has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12), offering forgiveness to each of us, Jesus extended forgiveness to a woman who had been living a sinful lifestyle (Luke 7:48), and to a man who was paralyzed, in addition to healing him (Matthew 9:2), declaring to the Pharisees that He had the authority on earth to forgive sins (Matthew 9:6).

As the Son of God, Jesus is the radiance of the glory of the Father, and of His nature, the exact representation (Hebrews 1:3). Fix your eyes upon Him (Hebrews 12:2), and in Him behold your Heavenly Father’s heart of love for you!

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