That Beautiful Name

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.  (Matthew 1:21)

There is no name so sweet on earth, no name
so sweet in heaven,
The name, before His wonderous birth, to
Christ the Savior given.

– George W. Bethune

There are many wonderful names and titles ascribed to Christ throughout the Bible.  A study of these titles is not only interesting but also important since each name reveals an insight into our Lord’s character.  Ivor Powell, in his book Bible Names of Christ (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1988), discusses eighty different titles including:

  • Counselor – Isaiah 9:6
  • Emmanuel – Matthew 1:23
  • Helper – Hebrews 13:6
  • Messiah – Daniel 9:25
  • Judge – John 5:22
  • Rose of Sharon – Song of Songs 2:1
  • Sun of Righteousness – Malachi 4:2

But the sweetest name of all to every believer is Jesus.  When He was eight days old, Mary’s infant Son was circumcised and given the Hebrew name Joshua (Jesus in Greek), which literally means “the Lord saves.” And the Scriptures affirm without qualification that “there is no other name under heaven given to men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

“That Beautiful Name,” written by Jean Perry, first appeared in The Voice of Thanksgiving No.2, a hymnal published in 1916 especially for use at the Moody Bible Institute.  The hymn has since found a place in affections of Christian people everywhere.

For Today::  Matthew 10:32; 1Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 2:9-11; and Hebrews  1: 4.

Raise your voice in praise and worship to the One who was given to save us from our sins.

Mabel Johnston Camp, 1871-1937