Rev. Lena Ali

A colleague recently told of his embarrassment when one of his members asked him which is the longest name in the Bible.  He confessed like the rest of us that we did not know.  So we searched and found: Mahershalalhashbaz, 18 characters.  Maher-shalal-hash-baz was a son of the prophet Isaiah.  The name means "speed the spoil, hasten the plunder."

"What's in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."  This is one of Shakespeare's most famous quotes from Romeo and Juliet.

At birth, our parents choose names which they believe hold the power to shape a child's identity and self-esteem.  In some cultures, it is the father's surname which is important because it traces one's roots and reputation.

As Christians, we  can trace our Father way back to creation and do not have to worry about His character because in Exodus 33:19; God responded to Moses by saying,  “I will cause all of My goodness  (My character) to pass in front of you.”

Regardless of who or what we are called, we read in Exodus 3:4;  "He knows who we are – by name!"  We realize that God  knows everything about us."  And because He knows everything about us, He sent us His Son to die to save us.  Jesus, meaning God saves and Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One.  In the Bible, there are 948 names/titles for God and 200 names for Jesus.  During Advent, we referred to Emmanuel, God with us!  As we approach the 40 days of Lent, we will look to Jesus  and practice the disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving; how He overcame the Three Temptations.  At Easter, we will rejoice that Christ has risen from the dead. 

The resurrection of Jesus Christ validates who Jesus claimed to be, namely, the Son of God and Messiah.  As believers;  we are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus Galatians 3:26

Keep the faith and rejoice in the name of the Lord.  Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter.