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Advent Reading #1

Week One: November 28-December 4

When I first began dating my husband, it was apparent to me how important their family name was to his father. He had several books on their ancestry. He belonged to their family’s historical society. He knew exactly what their name meant. My father-in-law had many names which our culture would have found prestigious: Doctor of Medicine, Chief of Staff, and Lead Business Partner, to name a few. But, the name that mattered the most to him was his last name – Veach. 

Jesus had many names but the one he used for himself more than any other was Son of Man. Of all the amazing names Jesus was given, why did he refer to himself as the Son of Man most often? I believe it is for the same reason my father-in-law was proud of his name. He wanted others to know who he really was.

Jesus understood God’s ultimate plan for his life. He knew he was the king who would save people from their sins. In Luke 19:10, Jesus says, "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." He knew he was the answer to the problems of this world, but it would take time before he was revealed as the solution. 

Matthew 20:28 says, "Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” My father-in-law did not plaster his family name on everything he owned, but if you were willing to listen, he would proudly tell you everything you ever wanted to know about his name and the heritage that went along with it. The same was true for Jesus. He never shouted, "I'm the Messiah" from the rooftops. Instead, he quietly and subtly shared exactly who he was with those who had ears to hear and hearts willing to listen. 

Think About It

Have you ever researched the meaning of your family name? Do you know where your family came from or facts about your lineage? 

Family history is important, but the real family we need to be sure we are a part of is God's family. John 1:12 tells us, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” Once we receive Jesus, we are given a new name – Child of God.  

Have you been given the name Child of God? If not, I pray this Christmas season you will receive the greatest gift ever given - the gift of eternal life. Romans 10:9-11 says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Confess him as your Lord today. Believe that God raised him from the dead. Then you will be saved.

Pray

Thank you, God, for giving us your Son so that we can forever carry the name Child of God. Amen