The Names of Christ

imageThe Bible says that in the beginning the Word was with God and the Word was God (John 1:1). The Word, Jesus Christ, dwelt among flesh.  The Bible says that Jesus Christ has many names symbolizing his deity. We first know him as “I am who I am”(Exodus 3:14). Both the Old and the New Testament identify Christ’s character via his names. Here is a small sampling of the names of Christ, and each one’s corresponding symbolism.

Jesus says that he is the Good Shepherd and that a good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep ( John 10:11). A shepherd rears and guides sheep in a particular direction. He protects his sheep. God, as our shepherd, protects us from danger; yet, he is sovereign and does not shield us from every harm because He wants us to know how to depend upon him. If harm does come to us, He wants us to cast our cares upon him while knowing that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 55:22).

He is the Bread of Life (John 6:35). Christ promises us that whosoever comes to him will never be hungry again. Christ, the one who sustains us, is talking about a spiritual hunger, for he is our daily bread.

He is the Lily of the Valley and the Rose of Sharon (Song of Solomon 2:1). A lily represents purity and it has a strong sweet fragrance that permeates the atmosphere. Whenever we are at a low point in our lives, Christ’s fragrance remains perfuming our lives during challenging times. Sharon was a place of fertile land in which plants and crops were able to grow. Let Christ grow in your fertile heart like a flower.

The King of kings and Lord of all lords (Revelations 19:16 and Revelations 17:14). There is no one above him!

The Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last (Revelations 22:13; Revelations 1:8). Without him there was no beginning and without him there will be no end.

Christ is Living Water (John 4:14). Christ promises us that if we drink from him, we will never thirst again. Water sustains us, but Christ’s water will never be depleted.

Let him be all of these things to us and more. He is waiting with open arms to receive us. He is the Light of the World (John 8:12).

For further reflection and meditation read the above referenced scriptures. If we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4-5).




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