Name Above All Names

If you follow world news at all, you may have noticed that Elon Musk recently surpassed Jeff Bezos to become the world’s richest man. These are two household names widely known in the economic world. You may also be familiar with names such as Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brady, and even Museveni (look him up, if you have no clue who this guy is), and then… there is you. Yes, (insert your name here). You probably don’t have much in common with these people, but an underlying similarity is that we all bear names that may be forgotten a century or so from now.

A name is an important and a distinctive aspect of a person, but there is only one I know that will remain forever. That name is JESUS! This name was meant to have been forgotten about 2000 years ago (recall the guard’s report in Matthew 28:11-15); yet, that name still holds power and authority today. The author of Hebrews gives us the vastness of Jesus’ name: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) The famous names I listed earlier are only good for a moment and cannot be compared to the power that comes with Jesus’ name. The apostle Paul makes a profound statement in Colossians 1:15: “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation.” To experience Jesus, is to experience God! 

And to truly know the triune God, His nature and character, you need to know His name too. As you read scripture, you’ll see that the names attributed to God in the Old Testament offer us a glimpse into His character and how people saw and experienced Him. During this Lent season, I want to encourage you to reflect on, and pray through some of the Hebraic names of God: 

Elohim – The Eternal Creator (Genesis 1:1)

El Elyon – The Lord Most High (2 Samuel 22:14)

El Shaddai – The God Who Is Sufficient for the Needs of His people (Genesis 17:1)

Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is Present (Ezekiel 48:35)

Jehovah Jireh – The Lord our Provider (Genesis 22:14)

Irrespective of your current circumstances, I want to reassure you that we serve an eternal creator God, who is alive and still in control. He is our sufficiency and ever present in all our ways. Keep trusting in His Name, friends! 

By George Donkor

George, and his wife, Christiana, are proud parents of Annajoy and Elijah. Immanuel has been home for them since 2006, where they serve in the iKids Ministry and are members of the Connect group.






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