Monday, December 26, 2016

Year A, The Name of Jesus, Philippians 2:5-11, The Name

"God also highly exalted him

and gave him the name 

that is above every name."
The name Jesus means Yahweh is Salvation. Yehoshu'a. Yeshu'a, being the shortened Aramaic form translated via the Greek and Latin forms as "Jesus".  And we call him THE LORD.  

Actually in our translations of the Old Testament, and in Jewish tradition THE LORD, or specifically, Adonai, is spoken in place of the Hebrew name for God, יְהֹוָה‎. YHWH is considered too holy for us to speak. Ancient Hebrew actually has no vowels written, and so the actual pronunciation is lost in history, if it was ever definitively pronounced at all. The pronounciation "Yahweh", or "Jehovah", are the result of adding the vowel points of the word "adonai" to the consonants of YHWH.

This is the name that is above every name. יְהֹוָה

And this is the name that is contained within the name Jesus, meaning Yahweh is salvation.

Another thought-- the confession that Jesus is Lord, or more specifically, Jesus is THE LORD is a trinitarian statement about the Divinity of Christ.

Much is contained within that simple name Jesus.

To say Jesus, is to give voice to the confession that he is God, and the source of our salvation. And this name was given to him because he was obedient even unto death, death on the cross.

To say Jesus, is to call to mind that the Crucified One, the one who gave his life for us, is יְהֹוָה

Ah the mystery contained in a name.

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