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What Do You Call Him?

 

Have you ever noticed in scripture, no one ever addressed Jesus Christ simply as “Jesus?”  Bet you never thought about that before.  But many under the banner of Christianity call him, and even address him, “Jesus” without so much as a courteous Master or Rabboni thrown in.  This they do without a consideration to who in the universe he is – the Almighty God!   As a matter of fact, one is not even supposed to be baptized in just the name of Jesus, but in the name of Jesus Christ or Lord Jesus. Therefore, out of respect and awe, and out of protocol, it is important to specifically identify which Jesus one is talking about, also in praising and prayer, and when baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Ironically, most people who mindlessly recite “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” don’t know what his name is.  Let me tell you.  It’s the Lord Jesus Christ.

Furthermore, on the use of his first name, you can read in the scripture that even Judas Iscariot didn’t address the Lord as Jesus.  He is recorded, however, as calling him “master” with a lower case m which means teacher, as in an occupation, but not in the divine sense as the Master Teacher.  We can read when Judas arrived with a posse to betray the Lord, he approached him and said, “Master, master; and kissed him.”  You can find that in Mark’s gospel.  On another occasion, the disciples came to him while sinking in a boat, and cried, “Master, master, we perish.”  One might suspect, though, in their hopeless situation, they had relegated the Lord Jesus to a common teacher, not thinking even he could possibly save them; or perhaps it was Judas who spoke these words for the terrified group, or he was the loudest. 

Anyway, how does the scripture teach us to talk about and address our Lord Jesus Christ?  It’s your choice: you can call him simply Jesus all you want, or, you can magnify him by those titles of deity that bless and bring him honor.  Let’s look to Paul the apostle when referring to the Lord Jesus Christ for example.

In I Corinthians the name Jesus is used 27 times:

10x Lord Jesus Christ

7x Jesus Christ

5x Christ Jesus

3x Lord Jesus

1x Jesus is the Lord

1x Jesus (I Corinthians 12:3)

The scriptural examples are in stark contrast to the Reverend Doctor Schicklgruber whose flock of goats call him - at the least - Pastor Schicklgruber, while he calls and addresses the great God of the universe as “Jesus.”  I suppose if he thinks he’s going to heaven, the one he calls by his first name will greet him fondly one day and say, “So wonderful to have you here Reverend Doctor Schicklgruber.  Please tell us all about yourself.”

And so, until we meet again…

Remember God loves you.  Read your Bible.

  

Maranatha


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen