Jesus-Name Above All Names

Dear Parents,

Names are important. When your child(ren) came into the world, you took the time to consider which name would best represent this child. Perhaps you also took time to look up the meaning of names before you chose it specifically for your child. When God chose to send His son to earth, we know that He did the same and had planned his name(s) from the very beginning of time. 
We can find the evidence of this in the various names from the Old Testament that were assigned to the coming King, who would liberate his people on God’s behalf, and then affirmed in the New Testament. As part of our chapel this morning, Mrs. Masengi and the Trinity ESL students took time to highlight several of the names by which Jesus is known and referred to in scripture. While there are many examples, these are the ones that we talked about this morning and the verses connected to that name or attribute:

Light of World (John 8:12)
Good Shepherd (John 10:11)
Christ/Anointed One (Matthew 16:16)
High Priest (Hebrew 3:1)
Son of God (Mark 1:1)
Teacher (Matthew 8:19)
Immanuel/God With Us (Matthew 1:23)
Advocate (1 John 2:1)
Messiah (John 1:41)

Mrs. Masengi also highlighted how the name of Jesus came into being starting with the Hebrew, Yehoshua (Joshua in English) to the Aramaic, Yeshua to the Greek, Yaysuse to the Latin, Iesus, and finally to our English, Jesus meaning Savior. Interestingly enough, the name Jesus (still Joshua) at that time was common. What made Jesus’ name uncommon and powerful was the person behind the name and the other names that He took on as the perfect embodiment of His Father.

 In the same way, our names take on meaning when they are associated with who we are and the characteristics that we possess. The best news of all is that we are not limited by our own names, but rather we can take on the name of Jesus as Christ-followers, who bear His attributes and are being transformed by Him.May this be an encouragement to us as believers who represent the name of Jesus and the power that it contains.

J-D Lussier, Principal