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That Is My Name

April 13, 2017

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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.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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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.

Philippians 3:12

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