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The Christmas Code - December 13, 2022

WHAT'S IN A NAME


“You shall call his name Jesus... They shall call his name Immanuel.”

Matthew 1:21, 23


There is an interesting psychology in the naming of our children. Some are named with family names to retain a family heritage. I'm often asked what O. S. stands for, I am quick to say “Omar Sharif.” but the truth is, my initials represent family names--Otis Swafford. And now you know why I use O. S. on the cover of this book. others are named for an attribute their parents desire their child to achieve in life: Faith or Hope, for example.


In the Bible, names have specific meanings. Jesus changed Simon's name to Peter because he saw the potential for him to be a “rock.” Joseph's name was changed to Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”) because every time he had center stage, he was encouraging the early believers.


During these days let's pause to think of the names given to our Lord. The mission of Christmas is in His name: Jesus. And the message of Christmas is in His name as well: Immanuel.


CODE WORD: NAME


What does your name mean? The next time you sign a check or a note and look at your name, think about it. Names matter... And the one name that is above all others is Jesus!


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Lord, help me wear the name “Christian” with integrity and honor today.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.



This Daily Devotional is from The Christmas Code by O. S. Hawkings

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