That Is My Name
That Is My Name
The meaning of names has been important since the beginning. And, it’s important to God. Throughout the Old Testament God points out His name as a memorial for all of us to pay attention to. So, the LORD says in Isaiah 42:8,
I am the LORD, that is My name;
I will not give My glory to another,
Nor My praise to graven images.
Some people today, just make up names to be different. So, names don’t have any particular meaning to them. But the LORD’s name shows that He has no beginning or end — and that He is a monument — a waymark — to guide us through this life. So, we need to pay attention.
All that brings us to today as most people call Jesus’ resurrection day “Easter”. Webster’s Dictionary says that the word, “Easter” comes from an old English (Saxon) word, for a pagan spring festival that was held near the time of Christ’s resurrection celebration. It meant dawn or goddess.
Then we consider that throughout the Old Testament, the Israelites often fell into idol worship and God showed His disgust by punishing them in various ways. That should teach us to show a deep respect for God’s name and His sacrificial love for us in sending Jesus to suffer and die to pay for our sins. We need to realize that without Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection, our sins condemn us.
That is where we need to show love, respect, and honor for what God has done for us.
Even though language changes over the years, we need to make a point of remembering the LORD’s name and His sacrificial love in Christ that gives all those who believe in Him eternal life. Just because the early Saxons worshiped a goddess of spring is no reason for Christians to accept their terminology for the resurrection of Christ Jesus.
Most Christians have no clue about the meaning of “Easter” — and, in actuality, it has absolutely nothing to do with the reality of the power of Christ’s resurrection. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Our language and lives need to show that.
In John 11:25, Jesus said,
I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.
That’s infinitely better than a heathen spring festival. Accepting our resurrected LORD, we say, “Hallelujah! Lord Jesus, Your resurrection day means eternal life for us.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.