Summary: Descriptions of Jesus from Scripture
Names and Titles of Jesus (partial list)
William Lyons Phelps writes,
“We are all so vain that we love to have our names remembered by those who have met us but once. We exaggerate the talents and virtues of those who can do this and we are ready to repay their powers with lifelong devotion. The ability to associate in the mind names and faces is a tremendous asset to a politician and it will prolong the pastorate of any clergyman.”
A 200-year-old church was being readied for an anniversary celebration when calamity struck: the bell ringer was called out of town.
The priest immediately advertised for another.
When the replacement arrived, the priest took him to the steps leading to the bell tower, some 150 feet above them. Round and round they went, huffing and puffing all the way. Just as they reached the landing, the bell ringer tripped and fell face-first into the biggest bell of all. Bo-o-o-o-ong!
Dazed by the blow, the bell ringer stumbled backward onto the landing. The railing broke loose and he fell to the ground. Miraculously, he was unhurt—only stunned—but the sexton thought it best to call an ambulance.
“Do you know this man’s name?” asked the doctor when he arrived.
“No,” the Priest replied, “but his face sure rings a bell.”
Bible names are significant; they indicate personal characteristics of life Accomplishments – BUT NONE ARE MORE SIGNIFICANT THAN THE NAMES GIVEN TO THE SON OF GOD!. That is why the prophet said,
“His name shal be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the
Prince of peace.” (Is. 9:6)
LETS LOOK AT SOME OF THE NAMES AND TITLES GIVEN TO JESUS IN THE OLD AND NEW TESTIMENTS:
1) He is our Day-Star (2 Peter 1:19)
2 Peter 1:19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
A) The Morning Star (2 Peter 1:19)
Daystar - “which precedes and accompanies the sun-rising. It is found only in 2 Pet. 1:19, where it denotes the manifestation of Christ to the soul, imparting spiritual light and comfort. He is the "bright and morning star" of Rev. 2:28; 22:16. (Comp. Num. 24:17.)”
Jesus is described as this day- Star or morning star which cast light into the blackened soul.
-We once were in the darkness of sin but the morning star has dawned in our hearts.
B) The Sun of righteousness (Mal 4:2)
Malachi 4 :2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.
Jesus is called the Sun of riteousness…
-His light opens our eyes so we can see what is right.
-His light brings healing into our lives.
C) The Light of the World (JN 8:12).
John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
“When Christ was born, a star led the Wise Men to His side (Mt2:9) Now He is the Light that leads men to God.”
2) He is our Arbitrator (Job 9:33)
Job 9:33 “If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both”
-Jesus stands in the the Gap between a Holy God and sinful people.
A) Our Advocate (1Jn 2:1-2).
1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
Advocate -- (Gr. parakletos), one who pleads another’s cause, who helps another by defending or comforting him. It is a name given by Christ three times to the Holy Ghost (John 14:16; 15:26; 16:7, where the Greek word is rendered "Comforter," q.v.). It is applied to Christ in 1 John 2:1, where the same Greek word is rendered "Advocate," the rendering which it should have in all the places where it occurs. Tertullus "the orator" (Acts 24:1) was a Roman advocate whom the Jews employed to accuse Paul before Felix.
A Parakletos - in the same way a parasite sucks life out of you… a parkete comes along side of you and pumps life into you.
Jesus not only stands in the gap for us as an arbitrator…. He also is an advocate for us speaking to the Father and pleading our case…