Names of Jesus: First Born of Every Creature

This is the scene outside my desk window this morning from Atlanta Georgia in December, and I cannot help but think of the majesty and beauty of God’s creation!  How appropriately named is our Savior, the Firstborn over all Creation (Colossians 1:15).  How can we not stop in awe?

The world seems quieter when it snows.  Some of this may be because of less traffic and people out shopping, but there is a scientific reason as well.  When snow accumulates on the ground and trees, it acts like a sound absorber and dampens the sound waves.  I also believe God created it that way.

The firstborn of all creation refers to Jesus’ deity: his preeminence and highest ranking over all creation.  He existed before creation and is exalted above all creation.

This Christmas season, may we worship the Creator who created all that we see, and saw that it was good.

Names of Jesus: Wonderful Counselor

Another word for counselor is advocate, and that is just what Jesus is. He will fight for you. He will fight your battles. He even prays on our behalf to our Heavenly Father.

Jesus said, “Simon, Simon, look out! Satan has asked to sift you like wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.”  Luke 22:31-32

Jesus is our wise and wonderful counselor. A true friend who never leaves us. He promises to protect us and guide us home. The prophet Isaiah recognized this 700 years before the birth of Jesus:

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 CounselorMighty God,
Eternal FatherPrince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

Names of Jesus: Alpha and Omega

It is the nature of God in its simplest form. Eternal. No beginning or end. Not bound by earthly time. Everlasting. The first and the last. The alpha and omega.

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
All things were created through Him,
and apart from Him not one thing was created
that has been created.
Life was in Him,
and that life was the light of men.
That light shines in the darkness,
yet the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:1-5)

Jesus did not just come into the world as a baby, but He existed from the beginning.  In Genesis 1:29, it is written: “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.”  That is not simply a grammatical error in writing.  Every word in the Bible has meaning and purpose for us.  It is the only book which records the history of our world and mankind from beginning of time. It is the best seller of all time, the most debated and scrutinized of all time, and yet, it still cannot be disproven. When Moses wrote the book of Genesis thousands of years ago, he would not have known who the “Us” was in that statement, yet he wrote it anyway.

In Revelation 22:12, Jesus says, Look! I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me to repay each person according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Only God Himself could make such a statement, and only Jesus has made this claim. He was there in the beginning, and He came humbly into this world as a baby to show the world who God is. God is in the first verse of Genesis and the last verse of Revelation. It is not by accident. God is everything. His Word is the beginning and the end.

Along with all the Christmas celebrations, gift-giving, and decorations, this is the time of year to find out just who Jesus really is and claims to be.

31 Days of the Christmas Story from Genesis to John: Day 22 – Names of Jesus

nativity-trail

The trip for Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem was about 70-90 miles through mountainous terrain on foot.  It would have taken them about 8-10 days to complete, while carrying all of their food, water, blankets and supplies.  They were poor and had no place to stay once they were there.  I’m sure they wondered what would happen once they got there, but were they also thinking of the earlier prophecies from Micah 5:2 that said a Savior would be born in Bethlehem, or from Isaiah 7:14 that said he would be born of a virgin?

As we wait for the birth of Jesus in the coming days, here are a few of the names and attributes that would be given to Jesus later in his ministry.

Good Shepherd – John 10:11
Light that shines in the darkness – John 1:5
Immanuel, God is with us – Matthew 1:23
Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world – John 1:29
The Word – John 1:1
Prince of Peace – John 14:27

I pray that you will experience this Christmas the Peace, Light, and Good Shepherd who can take away all your sin and give you a new life in Christ.

* Merry Christmas *