Names of Jesus

One of our firsts posts described some of the names of God -The Creator of the Universe, the Great I AM. Names that describe His love, His care, His power, His sacrifice.

It was eye opening to see how God’s names describe who He is, who our Living God really is.

The same is true of Jesus. We encourage you to study through these names, and other names used to describe Him, as well as the verses that they are found in, some of which are written out here.

I decided to limit our list to 10, but I honestly couldn’t even count the number of names that we found in our search. Yet even this limited list is powerful and humbling.

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1. Lamb of God (John 1:29) Jesus came, spotless and perfect like the lambs sacrificed in the Old Testament, to be a sacrifice for us. He laid down His life willingly so that our sins would be paid for.

2. The Good Shepherd (John 10:11) “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for His sheep.”

3. The Bread of Life (John 6:35) “And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.’” That need, that hunger we have for a Savior, for peace and right standing with God, is completely filled in Jesus.

4. The Vine (John 15:5) Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” When we abide in Christ, He changes us and grows us, and does great things through us.

5. The Light of the World (John 8:12) “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’”

6. A Star (Numbers 24:17) This name was used to describe Jesus with hope of His coming. The verse says, “I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near.” God had a plan for the salvation of the world, and the world waited anxiously for His coming. Now we know Him.

7. Chief Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:6) A cornerstone is what all other stones in a structure depend on. It’s a perfect picture of how essential He is.

8. The Sacrifice (Ephesians 5:2) Jesus willingly, out of love, sacrificed Himself to the just wrath of God so that we wouldn’t have to face that wrath. He suffered to pay for the things we have done.

9. The Gift of God (John 4:10) Jesus, His life, His death, and resurrection, are a gift. We have no right to come before God as anything but filthy sinners, but because of His love, God sent us Jesus so that we can stand before God as cleansed and whole.

10. The Holy One and the Just (Acts 3:14) Jesus is God, come down to Earth. He is holy and free from sin, all-powerful, and just. The ruler of the universe and yet still the humble Lamb.

 

I am overwhelmed with gratitude at God’s gift of salvation. I feel awful for all the times I have just brushed it aside or taken it for granted. I feel so humbled, again, at the thought of God coming down as a man to give His life and to suffer wrath because I sinned against Him and because He still wanted to give me the opportunity to stand before Him clean and whole, instead of as the filthy sinner that I am.

Once again, I am overcome by the need to thank Him for His mercy.

God is good and our Savior is so precious.

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