What’s in a name?
The name of Jesus is front and center here. I am just a disciple of Jesus, a servant of the king, a student of the Bible.
The Greek name for Jesus translates the Jewish name for Joshua; this name means “God saves.” Knowing and following Jesus can save us from other names that compete for our attention and allegiance.
I don’t want to be one of those other names. I’m not trying to make a name for myself. Like the authors of several New Testament books–including all four Gospels–I prefer to remain anonymous. If a certain name is the focus of this blog, let it be Jesus’ name.
Yet since I need to use a name to register for emails, blogs, and other websites, you can just call me Lucas. The name Lucas means light, illumination. In our dark world, a follower of Jesus can bring light; that light can break through like the dawn of a new morning.
Jesus is the light of the world; and he tells his disciples we are also the light of the world. We should let our light shine so others can see our good works, including our good words, and glorify our Father, the one in heaven (see Mt. 5:14-16).
In a world of competing fathers and authorities, Jesus says his disciples should focus on one Father, the one in heaven. When we pray to our Father, we affirm “it is your name that should be revered (hallowed).” As for the earth’s famous fathers–who rule over religious communities and political states–their names should not be revered.
The Bible, especially the New Testament, can show us the truth about Jesus and his Father. Join me in seeking and sharing that truth.