Friday, January 3, 2014

Names of Christ

“The Eskimo has fifty-names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love.”

― Margaret Atwood

This Christmas I took this as a challenge to study more than 52 names for Jesus Christ. For God is Love! 1 John 4:8

On Day 10 of our study as a family of the names of Christ, my 11 year old son said "Why does Jesus have so many names?" My 9 year old daughter said "Because we love Him." My son then answered his own question and said "Also because His names teach us about his purpose." So true!!

"The divinity of Jesus Christ is indicated by the specific names and titles authoritatively applied to Him. According to man's judgment there may be but little importance attached to names; but in the nomenclature of the Gods every name is a title of power or station. God is righteously zealous of the sanctity of His own name and of names given by His appointment. In the case of children of promise names have been prescribed before birth; this is true of our Lord Jesus and of the Baptist, John, who was sent to prepare the way for the Christ. Names of persons have been changed by divine direction, when not sufficiently definite as titles denoting the particular service to which the bearers were called, or the special blessings conferred upon them." JESUS THE CHRIST  By JAMES E. TALMAGE pg. 33

"Christmas is what we make of it. Despite all the distractions, we can see to it that Christ is at the center of our celebration. If we have not already done so, we can establish Christmas traditions for ourselves and for our families which will help us capture and keep the spirit of Christmas."
—Thomas S. Monson, "Because He Came"

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