What’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless.
Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14
In John, ‘the Word’ refers to Jesus Christ. John gives us a glimpse into the relationship the Father and Son had together before the Son came to earth. Christ existed with the Father before the world began. Christ helped with the creation process. Christ is fully God made flesh. Christ is the Message God has for His people.
Before Christ became a man, God was invisible to mankind. Unseen to our eyes, it was easier to disregard His commands, relying on our own wisdom and guidance. In Luke 20:9-16, we read a parable Jesus told which explains why the Word became flesh:
“A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out. Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’ But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”
In this parable, we are reminded that God sent many prophets to reach the Jewish nation, but time and time again they were killed for their efforts. The Father finally sent His Son, Jesus Christ, and yet they killed Him as well. Because Christ became flesh, He can empathize with us; He understands our weaknesses and has been tested in all things.
As a Christian, we ought to desire a closer relationship with the Lord. By praying we communicate with God, but through the reading of Scripture God communicates with us. This is a great opportunity to help our children memorize the books of the Bible and key Bible verses which will help encourage their faith. If you have yet to establish a routine of reading the Word, now is the perfect time to get started! Begin with the book of John and read your way through the New Testament. Once you finish the New, start on the Old. Read, pray, and be ready to hear what God is trying to communicate to you. Be ready to hear from the Lord and ready to do what He says.
Need an easier way to help your children memorize all 66 books? Songs are a fun way to work your way through both the Old and New Testaments. Have fun!
Time to Chime In: Have you read through the entire Bible yet?