We do it all the time.
It started back when we were little and learned to call our parents “mom” and “dad.”
Those were the good old days when name calling was the biggest way we identified with the people who cared for us the most.
Later, when we were old enough to go to school, we learned that not all name calling is good. Some of us were called “stupid” or “fat.”
We learned quickly that the names we call people are powerful…for good or for evil.
Name calling can be a powerful way to affirm someone, but it can also be just as powerful a way to destroy someone.
Of course, this is nothing new.
The New Testament author, James, once wrote this about our name calling…
“…no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth.”
Sometimes, we use our name calling to bless…
And sometimes we use our name calling to curse.
Which got me thinking…
With Christmas now less than two weeks away, what do you call Jesus?
Are you like the prophet Isaiah, who called Jesus…
“Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace?”
Or, are you like others who called Jesus names like “madman,” “prince of demons,” “good teacher,” and just another “son of a carpenter?”
What do you call Jesus?
The truth is Jesus’ identity won’t change no matter what names you call Him.
But, someday you will have to give an answer for all the name-calling.
This Christmas season may be a good time for you to think about who Jesus really is…
Will you call Him “Wonderful Counselor?”
Will you call Him “Mighty God?”
Will you call Him “Everlasting Father?”
Will you call Him “Prince of Peace?”
Or, will you call Him something else?
May you celebrate the true identity of Jesus this holiday season, and may all your name-calling be a blessing to Him and those who celebrate with you.
6 For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor,[a] Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!
Isaiah 9:6-7 (NLT)