The Names of Jesus in Scripture

Theologian Herman Bavinck rattles off this stunning list of names that the Scriptures use to describe the person and work of Jesus:

“He is called the Son of God, the only-begotten, beloved Son of God, the Word, the image of God, the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, the firstborn of all creation, the true God and eternal life, God to be praised above all…, Immanuel. In addition, he is called the Son of Man, the son of Joseph and David, the Nazarene…, the Galilean, the holy and righteous one, the second Adam, the Lord of heaven, the firstborn of all creatures, and the firstborn of the dead. Finally, in terms of his office and work, he is called Prophet, Master, Teacher, Priest, the Great Priest, the High Priest, the Servant of the Lord, the Lamb of God, the King, the King of the Jews, the King of Israel, the King of kings, the Lord, the Lord of glory, the Lord of lords, the head of the church, the bridegroom of the church, the shepherd and guardian of souls, the pioneer and perfecter of the faith, the pioneer of salvation, the way, the truth, and the life, the bread of life, the prince of life, the resurrection and the life, the shepherd of the sheep, the door of the sheepfold, the light  of world, the shining morning star, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end, the judge of the living and the dead, the heir of all things by whom, in whom, and for whom all things have been created. All these names sufficiently prove the incomparable dignity and enirely unique place that belong to Christ. He is the mediator of both creation and re-creation.” [Reformed Dogmatics: Sin and Salvation in Christ, Volume 3 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006), 362- 363.]

Read it again out loud.

How can you not marvel at the “incomparable dignity” and uniqueness of Jesus? Starting your morning with a paragraph like that will incite worship in your heart. There is none like Jesus.

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