Baby names have been running through my head lately. I'm not pregnant again but I have become an aunty again to a beautiful little miracle girl. Her name was a surprise till birth but I was pondering what it could be for months. Her name is Melita, which means "sweet as honey". I never would have guessed it!
There is something about a name. It gives you a sense of being and identity yes. But more than that it tells others who you are. For this reason I believe names and their meanings are very important.
In Bible times names and their meanings were a big thing too. There was even a guy in the Bible (Jabez) who prayed to God to bless him because of his name and its effect on his life. 2 Chron 4:9-10
With Christmas coming up I really want to remind myself that baby Jesus was named specifically and with meaning. From the very beginning baby Jesus was given a name by God with meaning to match perfectly the plans He had for Him. See here...
Matthew 1:20-25 KJV
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.
At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus, a baby boy who grew up to be everything his name suggests. Emmanuel and our Saviour. Thank you God. Praise you Jesus!