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May 1 – Introduction to God’s names 

What’s in a name? These days, not always so much. But, especially in Bible times, we see that names are filled with meaning and reveal much about the person. This is certainly true when we think about our Lord Jesus and His glorious Names. Perhaps, we should say, we are going to look at His names and titles. We do so that we might be filled with worship of Jesus, Who is the Author and Finisher of our faith. The more we know Him, the more we will be transformed. The more we see of His glory, the more we will love and serve Him. It is my prayer that these names would fix your gaze upon Jesus again and again and transform you into His glorious image. And may Jesus become even more precious to you each day of the month of May.

The month is roughly divided as follows: the first week we focus on names that show us something about relationships. The second week we focus on names related to His power and worth. During the third week we want to focus your attention on names about God’s creation that tell us something about Christ. And then roughly the last week, we will focus on names related to things and objects.

We know that one day, at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. To the glory of the Father (Phil. 2:10-11), I pray this devotional will assist you to meditate, pray, and start your day making you bow and worship Jesus in all His beauty and glory.

O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:1a).

Jesus, the holy child

“… Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, … and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” – Acts 4:27, 30 

Scripture reading: Acts 4:24-31

This week we look at titles for Jesus related to our relationships. Let’s start with Jesus as a child. In the reading, we see this title used by the apostles in their prayer, after they were forbidden to speak in Jesus’ name. When they pray, they address Jesus as Your Holy Servant, or as the KJV says: your holy Child. In Greek it can mean both Child or Servant.

Years before Christ was born, Job wondered: Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? His answer was: No one! But Job was wrong… God can! Jesus is His holy Child, anointed by the Father, conceived by the Holy Spirit and sinless at birth. The angel said to Mary, Jesus’ mother: That Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35). Surely, as she pondered this mystery of His holy conception, she must have cast Him upon the Lord His God from the womb (cf. Psalm 22:10). Are you troubled that you were born and conceived in sin? (Psalm 51:5). Here is a Savior Who perfectly served God from the womb!

How comforting to know that Jesus’ childhood was sinless, as He perfectly submitted to His parents (Luke 2:51), as He increased in wisdom, stature and favour with God and men (Luke 2:52). We can find favour with God through Him alone! Are you troubled by your sins of youth? (Psalm 25:7). Here is the perfect Savior for you!

Suggestions for prayer

Thank God for the fact that Christ is the perfect holy and sinless Child Who can cover our original sin and our sins of youth. Pray for children you know who still need Jesus to cover their sins.

Rev. Pieter van der Hoek served the Heritage Reformed Church of Burgessville ON Canada since May 2017. This year he took a call to the Heritage Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa USA. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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