Jesus

The name Jesus occurs 290 times in 270 verses in the books following the Gospels and Acts. And, interestingly enough, of all of those occurances, His name ALWAYS has a title with it (Lord, Christ, Son of God) with the exception of the following 23 verses:
Romans 3:26, 8:11, 1 Corinthians 12:3, 2 Corinthians 4:11, 4:14, 11:4, Ephesians 4:21, Philippians 2:10, 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 4:14, Hebrews 2:9, 4:8, 6:20, 7:22, 10:19, 12:2, 24, 13:12, Revelation 14:12, 17:6, 19:10, 20:24, 22:16

All other 257 verses say Jesus Christ, or Lord Jesus, or Jesus the Son of God, or Lord Jesus Christ. I think this significant, especially in today’s day and age, because we so often focus on what Christ was like on the earth, as our example, that we are forgetting He is also our King. Yes, He is our brother, but His deity and Lordship must never be taken for granted. Jesus was His earthly human name, but Lord and Christ denote His headship over us, the allegiance we owe our Lord and King, and His fulfillment as the anointed One, the Messiah.

We can never get so comfortable with Christ that we forget He is not only our priest, but our prophet and our King. We may rejoice in His humanity, but must reverence Him in His deity. To separate the two is to miss the complete picture.

Incidentally, the name Christ is used 480 times in the same range, and Lord is used 368 times. This is how the apostles more often thought of Jesus…..

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Daniel
    Jun 18, 2008 @ 16:18:00

    Awesome post. I need to remember that Jesus is king more often.

    Learned this in school:
    His Name = Jesus – His humanity
    His Office = Christ – Work on the Cross
    His Title = Lord – His Deity

    So whatever is first, it is the emphasis.

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  2. Nicole
    Jun 18, 2008 @ 16:29:40

    Thanks Daniel!

    I think it is hard to keep a balanced perspective on things… My Dad has been leading my small group through Hebrews, and for me the lesson on seeing Him as priest has been beautiful. We need to be seeing the whole picture, don’t we?

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