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Jesus Christ – how do we like His name?
















Here is a letter that I received:

I have noticed that in almost all Christian writing, outside of the Gospels, the word “Christ” meaning “Messiah” is used in place of “Jesus” when referring to our Savior/Redeemer. I find that using the name of Jesus personalizes the God who engulfs me, knows me, and permits me to think and share myself with him. The word “Christ” leaves me cold. Why this neglect for the name (above all names) given by an angel? Is not Jesus God, through whom all good things were/are created? His disciples rejoiced in the fact that they could do wonderful things because of his name. Lk 10,17. Although he is God, his humanity must feel something over this neglect. I would.

Thank you for sharing this Frank, giving us a chance to think about it. I must admit that the name Jesus has a weaker effect on me than Christ, as if unjustly emphasizing His human nature. Since other people too may share one of these opposite ‘views’, we can infer that it is a matter of cultural differences according to time and place. You must have grown up in a place where people used mainly the Jesus name.

2 Comments

  1. Stavros

    Καλα Χριστουγεννα και ευτυχισμενος ο καινουριος χρονος

    Σταυρος

    Μy Greek Odyssey

  2. David

    This is a fascinating discussion on the name above all names. For me, I defer to my experience to direct me. When I first converted to Christianity, it was because of a mystical experience that occurred late one evening as I slept. I was awoken by a beautiful presence that engulfed me in serenity. I was warm and light. Although I had previously denied the truth of Christianity, I opened my mouth and uttered the words, seemingly uncontrollably, “I love you Jesus”. As I began to discover prayer, I found that the name Jesus held particularly heartful resonances for me.

    So theology aside, my personal experience shows me the way.

    Thank-you for the opportunity to share this with you all.

    with love in Jesus, who is Christ.