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Pastor preaches 'What's In a Name?'

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On the third Sunday of Advent, Rev. Louis R. Blakey, Jr. preached at New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia. Based on Matthew 1:21, the pastor used the title, "What's In a Name?"

"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins."

Pastor Blakey began his sermon by saying that names are very important. In some cultures, they have ceremonies when a child is named. Some believe giving a child the wrong name could have an impact of how the child lives his life. No one would name their child Jezebel because of the association with the name.

The pastor asked several members of the congregation to say what their names mean. Then he shared what a few names mean:

  • John means "God's gracious gift."
  • Daniel means "my judge."
  • Michael means "one who is like God."

Pastor Blakey encouraged the congregation to research their names to find out what they mean.

Jesus' parents didn't have to name Him. Before He was born, God sent an angel to Mary and Joseph on separate occasions telling them that they should call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins. Therefore, the name "Jesus" means "God saves."

There is no other name under heaven that you can be saved. Under Jesus' name, we all can be saved. We can stand before God and declare we are the righteousness of God. In the name of Jesus there are three things to consider:

  1. Celebration
  2. Reconciliation
  3. Salvation

Let's celebrate Jesus because we can call on that name that is above all names. He is the one to reconcile us to Himself and save us from our sins.