Deniliquin Pastoral Times

A name to represent you?

- ~ Contribute­d by Lieutenant Tarsha Laundon of the Denilqiuin Salvation Army, on behalf of the Combined Churches of Deniliquin.

Names are an important part of our life.

We are all given a name at birth. When we marry, our last name changes.

Back in the 11th century last names began as a way to be able to identify certain aspects of a person by their trade, father’s name, location of birth or physical features.

Even in the Bible names were important, so much so that for some people God even changed their name. But what is in a name? Lots!

I know that my name means ‘Born at Christmas’, that my dad’s name means ‘stone or rock’ and my mum’s name means ‘Jewish woman’.

But God says in the Bible that He will give us a new name, and we see this in the Bible where God changes peoples’ names.

Some of the most notable are Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah and Jacob to Israel.

Then Jesus tells Simon as soon as they meet, “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas (Peter)”.

Later Jesus tells Peter that he is the rock on which His Church will be built.

Even though Peter mucked up, God still loved him and saw him for what he could be — and He does the same with us.

God sees us for what we can be and He loves us for who we are, even if we muck up.

In Revelation­s 2:17 and 3:12 Jesus promises for those that believe in Him a new name.

We find in this verse the name that Jesus will bestow on us is: a new name known only to you — the name of God, the name of Jerusalem, Jesus’ new name.

Your new name is either the name of Jesus himself, or maybe like Peter, Jesus will give you a brand new name that represents the change He has brought about in you.

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