Week 4: December 19 - 24
In elementary school I used to play a game where I would dare people to guess my middle name. It is not an unusual name, just unusual for a middle name. There are few times I can remember where people would guess it correctly. And, no I’m not going to tell you what it is because I might want to play the game with you one day. I can’t give away my secrets.
I always enjoyed the fact that I could keep my middle name a mystery. It was something I knew and others spent time trying to figure it out. Throughout the scriptures we are told many names for Jesus. He is Savior, Messiah, Son of Man, Lamb of God. He is the Last Adam and the Cornerstone. He is the First and the Last. But, there is a verse in Revelation that says, “His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself” (Revelation 19:12). There is a name Jesus has that we do not know.
I’m sure many have tried to sit down and decipher what this name is. There are loads of commentaries full of guesses. Many I am sure have calculated, measured, and guessed. And yet, we do not know what this name is. No one knows but him.
What does this tell us about Jesus? It shows there are parts of his character that we do not know. We can know a lot of things about what Jesus has done and about who he is. But, there are things about him we do not know because he has not revealed them to us yet.
This makes me excited. There are things about our beautiful Savior that he will reveal to us in heaven. We will get to spend an eternity with him, discovering new things about how great and good and powerful and mighty and loving he is. We will spend our days with him in awe as he reveals more and more of who he is to us. We will never stop learning new things about his nature and his attributes.
Jesus has many names. But, he has many more we do not know yet. As we wait in anticipation of the celebration of his first coming on earth, let’s praise him for the names we do know. And as we wait in anticipation for his second coming, let’s praise him for the names we have yet to learn.
There are things about Jesus we will only learn when we meet him face to face. But there are great things we can know about Jesus now. God reveals himself through his word and his world. Spend some time this week reading his word. Search it, learn it, and memorize it. Spend some time this week in God’s world. Let the beauty of creation point beyond itself to an amazing creator.
Jesus, we praise you for the many things about your nature that we know now. We praise you for your goodness, your faithfulness, and your trustworthiness. We praise you because you are our rescuer and our deliverer. You are Almighty God who loves us and cares for us. We praise you because you came once as a baby. We praise you because you will return to us as a mighty warrior bearing the name no one knows. We praise you that you are coming for us so we can spend forever with you. We anticipate the day we see you face to face, and continue to learn new things about who you are and what you have done. Amen.