Jesus, by Name “David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies – the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” (1 Samuel 17:45)
Yesterday, I read the account of David and Goliath again and was moved by how confident David was. He stood up to Saul, the King of Israel, asking for the right to fight Goliath (the giant who no one else wanted to fight). Then, David walked out and made this opening statement to Goliath, with only a slingshot and 5 small stones. Pretty gutsy, huh? It occurred to me as I read this story; David knew enough of God to trust Him completely. He counted on the Lord to deliver him, because David had seen Him deliver him before. With great confidence, David ran into battle, staking his life on his personal relationship with God.
Christmas arrived last week. As the busyness starts and I try to keep my thoughts on celebrating the birth of Christ, I have felt a nudge be thankful for Jesus. More than celebrating His birth, to be thankful for who Jesus is and celebrate what He means to me. All through the Bible, Jesus is referred to in prophecy, by others and refers to Himself using many names. I thought it might be interesting for me to share a different name of Christ with you every day, between now and Christmas. My hope is as we consider what each of His names mean, He will become more personal to each of us.
If you're like me, Christmas is about giving and receiving gifts, but I rarely think of giving a gift to Jesus...even though it's His birthday! Well, this year my birthday gift for Jesus will be to honor Him over the next 20 days, by remembering a few of His names and how He has revealed Himself over the years. So – see you tomorrow and Merry Christmas!