What’s In a Name?

Immanuel

You shall call His name Jesus… They shall call His name Immanuel. — Matthew 1:21, Matthew 1:23

There is an interesting psychology in the naming of our children. Some are named with family names to retain a family heritage. I am often asked what O. S. stands for, and I am quick to say, “Omar Sharif.” But the truth is, my initials represent family names — Otis Swafford. And now you know why I use O. S. on the covers of my books. Others are named for an attribute their parents desire their child to achieve in life: Faith or Hope, for example.

In the Bible, names have specific meanings. Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter because he saw the potential for him to be a “rock.” Joseph’s name was changed to Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”) because every time he had center stage, he was encouraging the early believers.

During these days let’s pause to think of the names given to our Lord. The mission of Christmas is in His name: Jesus. And the message of Christmas is in His name as well: Immanuel.

Code Word: NAME

What does your name mean? The next time you sign a check or a note and look at your name, think about it. Names matter… and the one name that is above all others is Jesus!

Lord, help me wear the name “Christian” with integrity and honor today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Excerpted with permission from The Christmas Code by O. S. Hawkins, copyright O. S. Hawkins.

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Your Turn

The name Immanuel means God with us. Isn’t that beautiful? In His very name, Jesus came to proclaim that He is with us forever and will never, ever leave us. Come share with us on our blog what that means to you. We want to hear! ~ Devotionals Daily

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Dr. O.S. Hawkins

For more than 20 years, O. S. Hawkins served pastorates at the First Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and in Dallas, Texas. He is president of GuideStone Financial Resources, which serves 200,000 pastors, church staff, missionaries, doctors, and other workers of various Christian organizations with their retirement needs. He is the author of more than 25 books and preaches regularly at Bible conferences, evangelism conferences, and churches across the nation.

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