“you are to call him Jesus” (Luke 1:31) It is interesting to see what parents are calling their children nowadays, and how fashions change. Lots of popular names today are what, when I was young, would be the sort of name your grandparents would be called! You wouldn’t have dreamed of calling your child that, except as a middle name that they would be embarrassed to tell their friends! And where are all the young Richards of today? I don’t think I’ve come across any! In my youth we were everywhere.
Good to see a few biblical names coming back, though, especially Noah. Famous for his ark, Noah is less famous for being the first person recorded as drunk in the Bible!
In the Christmas story, God told both Mary and Joseph that they were to name Mary’s son, the son of God, “Jesus”. Jesus is actually the same name as Joshua (just the Greek version of it). Literally it means “the Lord saves”. There were plenty of people called that in those times, but only Jesus truly fulfilled his name through his death on the cross and his rising from the dead.
Read further on in the Bible and you find how important that name is. People are forgiven their sins in the name of Jesus, healed in the name of Jesus, set free from demons in the name of Jesus. It is the name at which “every knee should bow”. People met in the name of Jesus, prayed in the name of Jesus, preached in the name of Jesus, suffered and even died for the name of Jesus. And the name of Jesus was “held in high honour”.
Whatever your name, and whatever your need today, call on the name of Jesus in sincerity, and he will hear you. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.