When I was in high school, the rock-opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" was introduced. It was very controversial. The idea was to show his humanity, according to the producers. The religious right were off the charts angry because the opera took away Christ's deity completely, and reduced Jesus to merely an angry activist. I wasn't a fan at all, not because of the politics behind the show...I didn't like the music. What came from the whole controversy was a new name..."Superstar."
Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found
favor with God. And behold you will conceive in your womb and bring
forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great and be called
Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His
father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His
kingdom there shall be no end!" Luke 1: 30-33 (NKJV)
The angel Gabriel told Mary to name Him Jesus. Then let her know He would have a nick-name, "Son of the Highest." From that announcement from Gabriel, Jesus has be given names that cause Him to stand out among all of the Jesus' of that time and this. There are many men names Jesus in our world today, mainly in Spanish speaking countries, but "the Jesus," has these names associated with His name:
Rose of Sharon/Lily of the valley/ Wonderful Counsellor/ Mighty God
Everlasting Father/Prince of Peace/ Savior of the world/ Daystar/ Healer/
The Word of God/ the Bread of Life/ son of David/Lamb of God/second
Adam/ Advocate/bright and Morning Star/King of Glory/Head of the Church/
King of Kings and Lord of Lords...to name a few.
Those opposing Him gave him names too, mainly out of spite. Jesus said to His followers that they would be hated for His namesake, and one of the reasons I "came to believe" in Him was the rage of the secular world's hatred for Him. I wanted to know why He is hated so much. I don't hate the gods of other religions, I just don't believe in them. I don't hate the god of science, (biological evolution), I just don't believe in it. The motivation of man's hatred of Jesus has sprung from evil personnified, the devil. Over the centuries, he has done everything possible to wipe out the name of Jesus from the world, even with the blood of those who follow Jesus.
I don't mind the "Superstar" title at all. He is indescribable. The Bible gives a hint of who He really is in this passage:
"Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him a name
which is above every name, that at the name of JESUS every knee
should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and those
under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that JESUS
CHRIST IS LORD, to the glory of God the Father." Phil.2: 9-11 (NKJV)
That little baby of the manger now sits at God's right hand, having given His precious blood for our sin, and reconciled us to God. He sits there, in anticipation to bring us to His eternal kingdom, and defending us from the low life accusations of satan. Love that name(s) or hate Him, we all will see Him as He really is one day, and bow and admit that He is Lord. Accept Him now, your life will change. The names give Him will take on real meaning to you. Reject Him, and he is just another Jesus in history.
Merry Christmas to you all, God bless and keep you. I pray that this Christmas celebration brings you new understanding of the reality of Christ Jesus, and His purpose in coming to Earth. Thanks for reading, Keith.