Above All Names – Messiah/Christ

[Andrew] first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ).

John 1:41

John 1 manages to pack many names of Jesus into one small segment of Scripture – Word, Prophet, Son of God, Lamb of God, King of Israel, Son of Man – but maybe none were as meaningful to the twelve Jewish disciples gathered around Jesus as today’s title…Messiah, that is Christ. This beautiful title comes from the Hebrew mashiach meaning Anointed One. The disciples in the New Testament would have heard about this Anointed One, promised from the Father, from the lips of their parents, grandparents, and elders. The promise of this One sent by God Himself was passed down from generation to generation. The people of Israel had waited centuries for this Messiah. So you can see that this was a massive proclamation for Andrew to make to his brother –

We have found the Messiah!

Can you hear his excitement?

He’s here!

We get to proclaim the same this today – He’s here!

He has found us. He is here.

Above All Names – Bread of Life

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

John 6:35

When we were in Spain this fall, I watched as sweet little old women walked along the sidewalks each morning, pushing bag carts to pick up large crusty loaves of fresh baked bread. They bought just enough bread for the family, for that day. Jesus is just enough. He is just what we need for this day. As the Bread of Life, that Baby Boy sustains us. He fills us. He satisfies us. We take in His Word, and that Bread gives us everything we need to understand what is before us. And even when it feels unsure and uncertain, He knows what we do not. He is enough. So we don’t have to be.

Above All Names – King of Kings

They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”

Revelation 17:14

For those of us living in the United States or other countries without a king, some of the significance of this Name is lost on us. But the King of kings is a ruler who is over all others. There is no one who can overthrow Him. He will always emerge victorious, for the battle, and indeed the war, has already been won. When the devil, the world, and even our own sinfulness seems to press so strongly that we can’t continue to stand, we cling to the promise that He is with us, that He is victorious — and because His victory is on our behalf, we are victorious, too! When He was born a helpless baby, He set aside that royal title for our good, and after He rose victorious from the grave and ascended into heaven, He took it up again, never to set it aside. He is our King, and graciously and lovingly provides for every need.