The Name Above All Names

December 31, 2010 1:12 pm 6 comments

Those of us who are liturgical Christians, are still celebrating Christmas, still six days to go. Unlike the song, we don’t have presents everyday, but we do reflect on the meaning of the incarnation.

January the first is the eighth day of Christmas. In the Gospel of Luke, we learn that on the eighth day after his birth, that Jesus was circumcised, so it is fitting that we remember that event on the first of January.

We see several items in this one event. First, the early church fathers tell us that this is the first time we see Jesus shedding his blood to complete the law. Secondly we learn that even as a baby, (through his parents actions), Jesus keeps the law. It is the third item that will be considered today. A Jewish child is named when he is circumcised. We are told in Luke, that upon his circumcision, he was given the name of Jesus. Jesus comes from the Aramaic (the language spoken in Israel at that time), Yeshua, which comes from Yah Shua, or God saves. In other words, Jesus’s name proclaims what he was coming into the world for.

The word ש”ע
implies not only saving as in saving a life, but healing as well. In the Greek we find the same thing with the word σωτήρ (sotayr). In other words, Jesus or Yeshua is not just the one who saves us from our sins, but who heals us from our infirmities. This makes sense when we understand just what happened in the beginning. (an aside: The Wyclife Bible, the first translation in English doesn’t use the word saver or saviour, but heal and healer)

In the beginning, Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit. Because they did not acknowledge their sin, it had several effects, the most important of which to us is that it brought death into the world. When God made man, everything was perfect, no sickness and death, but when sin entered into the world, so did sickness and death. In other words, sin breaks the relationship between man and God, between man and nature, and between man and man. In other words, all creation is corrupted by our sin, and indeed there are signs in nature today which indicate that things are getting worse. (A note on sin: I am not implying that when one becomes sick it is a result of their personal sin, although that can be true. Once sin entered the world, it twisted the whole creation, allowing sickness to come into the world.)

Then Yeshua came into the world to address this situation. His purpose of coming into the world was to re-establish shalom. Now shalom does not only indicate lack of warfare, but indicates a situation in which man is at peace with himself, nature, other men and God. When one is in a state of shalom, that person has all that he needs.

Hence Yeshua came into the world to bring Shalom and to save-heal us. This aspect is often overlooked. In modern times, our souls, bodies and minds need to be healed, yet we seem to have forgotten. We speak of holistic medicine, but rarely touch the true spiritual aspects of healing. All sickness has physical, mental and spiritual elements. It is only in addressing all three that true healing will occur. The spiritual elements relate to one’s relationship with God and with others. Jesus gives us the power to restore those relationships if we allow him to.

So on the first of January, let us proclaim, Jesus Saves and Jesus heals.  Remember the name of Jesus is above all names and everything in the heavens, in the ground beneath and the waters below must bow down and worship him.

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  • Thank you for your excellent article!

    It hit me with a fresh impact a short time ago: In that verse in Philippians 2:9:

    “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name.”

    If God has highly exalted Him, how much more should we!

    “Let everything that hath breath the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.” Psalm 150:6)

  • The brethren of The Messiah do not celebrate pagan catholic/christian holydays, for they are but “aliens and pilgrims while on the earth” because their “citizenship is in Heaven”! And they no longer are of those who who follow “the broad way to destruction” for they have taken heed unto The Call to “Come Out of her, MY people”, and have “Come Out” of this evil world and it’s systems of religion and have taken heed unto the exhortation to:

    “Love Not The World”

    ”For the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one”…….(I John 5:19)

    “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world will pass away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of The Only True GOD will abide for ever.”(IJohn2:15-17)

    “If you were of the world, the world would love it’s own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his Master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.” (John15:19-20)

    “Where do wars and fighting among you come from? Do they not come of your lusts that war in your members? You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts. You adulterers and adulteresses, don’t you know that friendship with the world is to be at enmity with The Only True GOD? Therefore whoever will be a friend of the world is the enemy of The Only True GOD.” (James 4:1-4)

    “The world cannot hate you; but the world hates Me, because I testify that the works of this world are evil.” (John 7:7)” and “The Messiah gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of The Only True God, Our Father.”(Gal 1:4)

    The Messiah testified: “If the world hates you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”(John 5:18) Truly, Truly, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life in this world shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall have it unto life eternal.” (John 12:24-25)

    John testified: “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hates you.” (I John 3:13) “ James testified, “Whoever would be a friend of this world is the enemy of GOD”(James4:4)

    “Come Out of her, MY people”!

    Global warming, polluted air, land and waters, toxic wastes, sexual perversion, evil inventions of destruction, greed, hate, carnal warfare, dis-ease(no-peace),,etc,, are all destructive processes that have their root in “the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life” all of which fuel the fires of mankind’s “imag”ination ;-(

    “Come out from among them and be separate”!

    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this world and it’s systems of religion, for “the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one” indeed and Truth……

    Truth IS, a lie never was and is not…….

    Abide in Truth……. francis

    • Francis:
      It was not until the 18th century that people decided that Christmas a pagan holiday christianising the day of the invincible sun.

      I have done a lot of research on this, and my findings indicate, that while Christmas is a fairly late Christian holiday, that the date for it was determined not by a pagan holiday, but based on another Christian holiday which was much older than Christmas. The feast of the Annunciation was celebrated on March 25 as early as the 2nd century. (And was probably placed on that day in belief that that was the date of Jesus’s death). In the fourth century when the church decided to celebrate Jesus’s birth, they naturally set it nine months after the feast of the Annunication, since Jesus would have been born nine months after his birth was announced to his mother. Now the real interesting part was that an Emperor, (Possibly Julian the Apostate) moved the feast of the invincigle sun from August (which was its translational time of celebration to December in order to counteract Christians. Jablonski writing in the 18th century had little of this information available and in the temper of the time was probably trying to discredit the Roman Catholic Church.

  • I think this is very important. Thanks a lot.

  • Moses was no Jew. He was Hebrew — 1:26 And God said: ‘Let us make man in our image after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.’

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