“When the baby was eight days old, they all came for the circumcision ceremony. They wanted to name him Zechariah, after his father. 60 But Elizabeth said, “No! His name is John!” “What?” they exclaimed. “There is no one in all your family by that name” (Luke 1: 60-61)
In Africa, names given to babies are usually very significant. They either tell a story of the parents’ experiences, a prophecy, or recent happenings. Babies are also named after grandparents, former chiefs or relatives.
Imagine the surprise when Elizabeth’s baby was to be named John – a name no one in the family had ever heard of. However, Elizabeth and Zechariah insisted on obeying God and the baby was named John, the fore-runner of the savior of the world.
Through the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God has given all of us a new name. This morning, I ask you, “What is your name”?
My name is Joy, My name is Victory, My name is ….
Have a great day.
Our 2014 Thankful countdown: Thank God for the children you have been given (born and yet unborn). Bless God for the special names they will live to fulfill.