In most cultures, naming a new baby is serious business. Native American traditions use up to six classes of names to refer to one person over a lifetime. As an example, Chief Sitting Bull was called “Jumping Badger” as a boy, but nicknamed “Slow Man” by his friends because he took extra time to do things.
The name by which he is called is The Word of God.
In the Bible, Jesus is named in a similar fashion. In Genesis 3:15 He is introduced as the Seed of Woman. In relationship to His Father, He is called the Beloved Son (Matthew 12:18). And in Job 19:25, His position in Heaven is identified as Redeemer. While He was doing his work on Earth, Jesus referred to Himself as the Bread of Life (John 6:32), and at His crucifixion He was called the King of the Jews (Matthew 2:22). After His resurrection He took the position of your Great High Priest in Hebrews 4:14. Finally, Scripture nears its conclusion with today’s verse, where Christ is simply called The Word of God.
During this season of gift giving, America’s greatest gift has all those names, though the name you will use most is Lord. Exalt Him today – then give Him to someone who needs to know Him by name.
Recommended Reading: Philippians 2:5-11