Summary: This most important child ever born on this planet was named by his true Father in heaven. Gabriel came to Mary and said to her in Luke 1:31, "you will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus."
Corrie Ten Boom is one of the best known names in the 20th century.
But many do not know that Corrie had more than one name. In 1977
a group of several hundred Christian Indians honored her in Flagstaff,
Arizona, by giving her an Indian name. Tom Claus, a
Mohawk and president of the group, made this presentation-
I want you to know that we accept you as an Indian; you are our
blood sister, and you are our spiritual sister in Jesus Christ.
When we bestow an Indian name, it is the highest honor we can
give. When your name was nominated to our CHIEF committee
thought that we would like to pick a name that is really meaningful to
We realize that in the past you have identified with the Jews in
their suffering-now you have identified with American Indians in
our plight. Even though you have been on the front line of battle and
have seen bloodshed and war, you have always been a demonstration
of God's love. That is why we give you the name Loma-Si, which
is Hopi for "beautiful flower," because you are one of God's beautiful
flowers. We do thank God for you.
Like many of the people of the Bible she received a new name of honor. Because names
have always been important to Indians they have left their mark on our culture. Over 20
states have Indian names. The great rivers like the Mississippi and Missouri and 4 out of 5
of the Great Lakes have Indian names. There are hundreds of cities and lakes and streams
all over our nation with Indian names. The poet has rightly said,
Ye say they all have passed away
That noble race and brave
That their light canoes have vanished
From off the crested wave.
That mid the forests where they roamed
Their rings no hunter's shout
But their name is on your waters
Ye may not wash it out.
Names play a major role in our history and our heritage as Americans. In 1507 a
German professor in a French college edited a map of the world. As he read up on the
discovery of the new world he found that much of it was explored by Americus Vespucci. He
said, "I do not see what hinders us from calling it America." He did so name it and the name
stuck. Professor David Muzzy in his American History writes, "so it came about that this
continent was named by a German professor, in a French college, for an Italian navigator in
the service of the King of Portugal."
Names have determined so much in our history and our environment but more important
yet they determine our destiny. God is a great lover of names and name giving. The book of
Revelation says, we will get new names in heaven. The Bible is full of genealogies which are
just lists of names. Many of them mean nothing to us but they were important to God and
His people. God gave the first man and woman their names and He gave the second Adam
His name as well. This most important child ever born on this planet was named by his true
Father in heaven. Gabriel came to Mary and said to her in Luke 1:31, "you will be with child and
give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.' Later in a dream the
same message came to Joseph in Matt.1:21. The angel of the Lord said to him, "she will
bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sin."
Like the spirit of the child, the name of the child also came from heaven. This name was so
important to God He made sure both of His earthly parents received a supernatural message
as to what they were to name Jesus.
This name is now the most celebrated name in history. Like the vast majority of babies
Jesus was born without fanfare or fame. There were no reporters and no headlines for
though all heaven rang as the angels sang, on earth there was barely a ripple. Everything is
There's no other name like that of Jesus,
There's none in all the world beside,
For there's no other name can give salvation,
In His love I will abide.
There are more songs on the name of Jesus than any other name-Jesus Is The Sweetest
Name I Know; Take The Name Of Jesus With You; There's Something About That Name
and His Name Is Wonderful, Just to mention a few that are well known.
The prophet Isaiah predicted that a child would be born in Israel who would acquire a
name for himself- a name above every name. If you like to know big names then you will