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Jesus Christ – how do we like His name?
















On the contrary in Greece the name Christ is prevalent, not only in literature, but also in every day use. When we say Christ, we don’t feel the distance of a God, but also His humanity. In your country, when you say Jesus most probably you don’t feel only the presence of a man, but also His godly nature. On the contrary, when I read texts that use mainly the word Jesus I feel some alienation, as if the author somehow diminishes His person.

The angel announced the name “Emmanuel” (which means, “God is with us”), a name that at least in Greece became actually a common name, almost without any reference to our Lord. “Jesus Christ”, the complete form of His name, is used also very frequently (just remember, for example, the so called “Jesus Prayer”).

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.