Since it’s Holy Week, a post honoring Jesus Christ is in order. He’s known by many names and titles that describe his purposes and roles. Here are 50 of them. I pray you’ll read the list slowly, perhaps with your children, and think about who He is for you. I pray, mostly, that He is your Savior and Lord. That you have trusted Him to save you and to be your source of all joy and peace. I had thought of asking you to choose your favorite names or to ask your children to do this. But then I tried. It’s impossible! Because Easter is approaching, I’m drawn to Resurrection and the Life. Then Savior. Deliverer. Immanuel. Our Hope. Sacrifice. Truth. Wonderful Counselor. Every name matters because of how much Jesus matters. If Jesus isn’t your Savior and Lord, or if you’re not sure, I get that. I was once lost, too. Please take a few minutes to read “What is the Gospel?” by my friends at EvanTell. Be blessed as you get to know Jesus better through these 50 names: Advocate – “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” 1 John 2:1 Almighty One – “…who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8 Alpha and Omega – “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:13 Author and Perfecter of Our Faith – “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 Authority – “Jesus said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Matthew 28:18 Beloved Son of God – “And behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17 Bread of Life – “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” John 6:35 Bridegroom – “And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” Matthew 9:15 Chief Cornerstone – “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone.” Psalm 118:22 Deliverer – “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” 1 Thessalonians 1:10 The Door – “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9 Faithful and True – “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.” Revelation 19:11 Good Shepherd – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 Great High Priest – “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” Hebrews 4:14 Head of the Church – “And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church.” Ephesians 1:22 Holy Servant – “…and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” Acts 4:29-30 I Am – “Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58 Immanuel – “…She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God with us.’” Isaiah 7:14 Indescribable Gift – “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15 Judge – “…he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.” Acts 10:42 King of Kings – “These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” Revelation 17:14 Lamb of God – “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 Light of the World – “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 Lion of the Tribe of Judah – “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5 Lord of All – “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11 Mediator – “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5 Messiah – “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).” John 1:41 Mighty One – “Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” Isaiah 60:16 One Who Sets Free – “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 Our Hope – “…Christ Jesus our hope.” 1 Timothy 1:1 Peace – “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,” Ephesians 2:14 Prophet – “And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” Mark 6:4 Redeemer – “And as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth.” Job 19:25 Resurrection and the Life – “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” John 11:25 Risen Lord – “…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Rock – “For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:4 Sacrifice for Our Sins – “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 Savior – “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 Son of Man – “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 Son of the Most High – “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.” Luke 1:32 Supreme Creator Over All – “By Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.…” 1 Corinthians 1:16-17 True Vine – “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.” John 15:1 Truth – “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 Victorious One – “To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Revelation 3:21 The Way – “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 The Word – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
Perspective is a funny thing isn’t it? It changes with time and experience, growth and wisdom. There’s a reason that God's word instructs older women in Titus 2:3-5 to teach younger women. It’s part of His design for life.
It’s so easy, especially during the holidays, to get wrapped up in the to-do list of life and to miss the moments.
A decade ago, my husband's company began bringing their leadership team and their spouses on an annual getaway...10 days before Christmas! Sounds wonderful, right?
Perspective is everything. This year it IS wonderful. It feels like a gift from God.
However, when I began coming my children were 12, 10, and 7 years old. TEN days before Christmas I walked out the door crying as I hopped into the car! How would I bake the cookies, mail the presents, shop for the kids, host a party.....how would I even attend some of the parties and events around this magical time of the year??? It was painful.
Here I sit, 10 years later, watching the tide slip in and out. Presents are mailed, shopping is wrapped up, the Christmas menu is planned, and, for the first time in.my.life, I decorated the Christmas tree alone. I didn’t love being alone as I decorated, but I had a choice. I could either weep and long for what was, or I could focus on how excited I am that we WILL be together for Christmas!
It’s my choice.
Time moves and seasons change. It is His design! We won’t escape it. This season of life is so sweet in its own way, and I am learning to adjust. We all must! If we refuse to adjust we miss the moments God gives in the place we are in. There are precious moments in ALL of the places. There are treasures tucked into ALL of God’s timing, but we must seek them out.
The first Christmas when you are SO excited, and your sweet baby is asleep the entire day. Treasure!
The toddler who is so overwhelmed they are stunned into silence and awe, or are talking gibberish while trying to figure it out! Treasure!
The child who runs around the house in disbelief over the gift they HAD to have or they knew they wouldn’t get! Treasure!
The middle schooler who is too cool to be excited but a side grin creeps out because the pleasure can’t be contained. Treasure!
The high schooler who is maturing into genuine appreciation offering eye contact and a sincere thank you. Treasure!
The college student who is desperate for some clothes and money, but is really just glad to be home with family. Treasure!
The married child who is building a life, working to blend and balance all of your family traditions with the traditions of another. Treasure!
Another generation of littles and bigs to love and watch, teach and shape. Treasure!
Today, a week before Christmas, we at Ignite the Family give you the gift of perspective. If the turkey is dry, so be it. If the gift doesn’t arrive, print a picture and wrap it up. If the tree falls over and crushes the heirloom ornament, pick up the pieces and make something out of it. Don’t let the messes rob you of the moments! Because, the moments, good or bad, WILL turn to memories!
You won’t get this Christmas back. It is the only one you will have in this season. Time doesn’t stop for us to linger!
Treasure this time!
MAKE this Christmas a time you treasure!
Enjoy and give thanks!
Before you go! I'd love for you to take a listen to this song by Adeline Hill, an amazing singer and songwriter. She and her family are dear family friends. Eric and Kristin have poured into our family in so many ways, including marrying Ansley and Will! I have mentored Adeline for years and know her heart well.
In the season leading up to her high school graduation Adeline was coming to grips with the change of season. Adeline released “How Can It Be Time Already” just before she and my son graduated. During their graduation, Adeline sang this TRUTH!
I sat and watched my son walk down the aisle. I watched the kids who had been in and out of my house for food, fun, and bible studies sit on the front row in both excitement and tears. I sat and watched Eric and Kristin, my dear friends, in tears as their first child to leave home sang these words. I sat and watched Adeline express the deep feelings of a parent's heart, feelings that come over and over with each and every season! The words moved everyone in the room causing us all to both reflect and to be intentional with the time we have been given!
We hope in the hustle and bustle of the holidays you will allow God to use this song to minister to your heart and to remind you to treasure the time with your family!