August 28. 2020

John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood. – Revelation 1:4-5 ESV

If you go to ‘Yahoo answers’, they will list 100 names of Jesus. What He is called, what names He is given based on WHO HE IS, what HE HAS DONE and what HE IS STILL DOING today! In the Beginning of the Bible, He was there in genesis 1; identified in the Hebrew word for God (plural), Elohim. In the 3rd chapter of Genesis, where we are introduced to God’s main menace; The Devil, Jesus is referred to as Seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15). He is also called: The star of Jacob (Numbers 24:17), the Rock of salvation (Deut. 32:15), our Daysman (Job 9:33), Messiah (Daniel 9:25; John 4:25) and Emmanuel-God with us. (Matthew 1:23).

Leader, in 1 Cor 1:24 Paul calls Jesus the Wisdom and Power of God. Isaiah the prophet called Him; Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6) It is interesting to note what Jesus called Himself. His favorite self-descriptive word is SON OF MAN! However, in the book of Revelation here he calls Himself, THE FAITHFUL WITNESS! In the GREEK language the word MARTYR and WITNESS are the same word. In the early church the witnesses were so often killed for their faith that the two words became synonymous.

Conduit, what do you call JESUS? When we have an intimate relationship with others, sometimes we have what are called, “Terms of endearment”, ‘pet names’ that we give that show a closeness, an INTIMACY with that person. What do you call someone who GAVE IT ALL, so that your past mistakes, NO LONGER EXIST? What do you call someone that paid a BILL-SO BIG- that in your lifetime, or eternity, you would NEVER be able to repay it? Friend, Brother, REDEEMER…SAVIOR! Today, as you go out and LIVE YOUR LIFE for the ONE WHO GAVE HIS LIFE, consider what your life is worth apart from the LIFE, DEATH and RESURRECTION of the King of Kings, and the LORD of LORDS. What do you give to the SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, the LAMB OF GOD that has any value? YOUR LIFE! To LIVE is CHRIST, and to DIE IS GAIN! Be a Faithful Witness and DIE to yourself daily. Be like HIM and MARTYR! Amen!


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