Jean Perry, 1865-1935

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Matthew 1:21

There is no name so sweet on Earth,
No name so sweet in Heav'n,
The name, before His wondrous birth,
To Christ the Saviour giv'n.
~George W. Bethune~

There are many wonderful names and titles ascribed to Jesus Christ throughout the Bible. A study of these titles is not only interesting but also important since each name reveals an insight into our Lord's divine character. Ivor Powell, in his book Bible Names of Christ (Kregel Publications), discusses eighty different titles including:
COUNSELOR--Isaiah 9:6
EMMANUEL--Matthew 1:23
HELPER--Hebrews 13:6
MESSIAH--Daniel 9:25
JUDGE--John 5:22
ROSE OF SHARON--Song of Solomon 2:1

But the sweetest name of all to every believer is Jesus. We see in Luke 2 that when He was eight days old, Mary's infant Son was circumcised and given the name Jesus which literally means "the LORD saves". The very next verses tell this beautiful, miraculous story:

22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;

23 (As it is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)

24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Yes, Simeon was blessed with seeing the blessed face of the infant Messiah, recognizing Jesus as such. God allowed Simeon to see with his own aged eyes God's plan of salvation, a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of God's people Israel! And the Scriptures affirm without qualification that "there is no other name given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).

"That Beautiful Name" first appeared in The Voice of Thanksgiving, No. 2, a hymnal published in 1916 especially for use at the Moody Bible Institute. The hymn has since found a place in the affections of Christian people everywhere.

I know of a name, a beautiful name,
That angels brought down to earth;
They whispered it low, one night long ago,
To a maiden of lowly birth.

I know of a name, a beautiful name,
That unto a Babe was given.
The stars glittered bright throughout that glad night,
And angels praised God in Heavín.

The One of that name, my Savior became,
My Savior of Calvary.
My sins nailed Him there; my burdens He bare.
He suffered all this for me.

I love that blest name, that wonderful name,
Made higher than all in Heaven.
íTwas whispered, I know, in my heart long ago
To Jesus my life Iíve givín.

That beautiful name, that beautiful name,
From sin has power to free us!
That beautiful name, that wonderful name,
That matchless name is Jesus!

*For Today*: Matthew 10:32; I Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:4

Raise your voice in praise and worship to the One Who was given to save us from our sins--JESUS!

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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