My name is Kailee. I was almost named Emily Elizabeth but instead was named Kailee Elizabeth. Kailee is the name that I associate with myself, it’s who I am. I’m happy about that because I don’t feel like an Emily. 🙂 All you Emily’s out there are super special people! 😉
People call me K, KK, K-Boo, Boo, or Kailee Bee. All of you reader’s names are beautiful and there is a sort of image or vision that comes when people hear that name. Somehow this Amy is completely different than that Amy, with completely different personas in all, but with the same name. It’s amazing how many Jessicas, Suzies, Betsys, JoAnns, and Prudences there are out there, but they are all completely different visions of human beauty. Some names evoke horror, sadness, or anger. Think Bloody Mary. Yikes. But then again, Mary is also the name of Jesus’ precious mother. So many names, and so many people out there.
The names of Jesus are somewhat like this in my mind. There are so many names for our beautiful King, and they all stand for something He is good at, or someone/something He is. They are all most definitely good titles and good names. Most any current Bible has the names of Jesus listed in the back somewhere. It would be helpful to have a similar list at hand because different versions may include more or less verses of reference. For me, the more the better! 🙂
This first name I was led to is one of my favorite names of His. When Jesus was doing ministry on the earth, He was speaking about His sovereignty to some skeptical people and happened to mention Abraham. The people cried out in disbelief that Jesus- this young whippersnapper of a fella- could have seen or spoken to Abraham, the father of many nations who lived hundreds of thousands of years before(Jn 8:57). But our clever and sovereign Jesus replied, “I assure you, before Abraham was, I AM.” Our Jesus just blew those people’s minds out da water! For we who live in the covenant blood of Jesus, we recognize that Jesus and the Father are one. (Jn1:1) But these people did not yet know that.
In His attempt to quell the doubt of the skeptics, He referenced the story of Moses and the burning bush. Moses asked God what he shall tell His people what His name was. God says:
“God replied to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.'”
This is the name He has called Himself. He is all those other names, just as much as this one, but I chose to start this small series with I AM because it is how He introduced Himself to His precious chosen people.
Join me in a short study of the names of Jesus. Each one encompasses a role He plays and is a part of His identity. You are invited to do what we all are called to do…know God more and love Him deeper. Below is a printable journal entry for you to complete in your study. I’ll provide a short commentary on each name, but it is your primary task to dig deep into the Word and encounter our Father! How exciting that you dropped by the blog at this very hour. It’s no coincidence, my friend. 🙂 I pray you are refreshed, rejuvenated, and lit afire with the love of our King. Blessings and peace be with you!
The Names of Jesus Journal Entry Download