What’s in a name?

Tomorrow (9th April) is a special day – it’s “Name yourself Day”, a day when you can have a think about what you’d like to be called if you weren’t called what you are called.

What might you call yourself?

When a guy called George was asked that, he went a bit too far and actually changed his name so that he has the longest name in the world today. He’s now called: Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined. His name used to be George.

The longest ever name belonged to a man born in1904. His name is Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegel-stein-hausen-berger-dorft Senior

I wonder who has the longest name here today? (find out by a show of hands)

The longest Christian name today belongs to a Hawiian boy:

Kananinoheaokuuhomeopuukaimanaalohilo.

(Kan-an-in-o-he-a-o-kuu-hom-eo-puu-ka-im-ana-alo-hilo)

The name means “The Beautiful Aroma of My Home at Sparkling Diamond Hill is Carried to the Eyes of Heaven”. In Hawaii, it is the custom to give children long, descriptive names. Dont worry though, they call him Joe, of all things, for short.

Now, these names are rather brilliant, but they’re far from being the best name ever. The Bible tells us that there is one name that is the best name, because it says that this name is the one that comes above all other names – and that is Jesus’ name!

Philippians 2 says this:

Jesus became like one of us… He obeyed God and even died on a cross. (and we know He did this to forgive us for our sins if we follow Him)
Then God gave Christ the highest place and honoured his name above all others.
So at the name of Jesus everyone will bow down, those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.
And to the glory of God the Father everyone will openly agree, “Jesus Christ is Lord!”

So Jesus’ name is the most important name, because He died for us and because He is the Lord of lords and the King of kings.

So, remember, next time you hear of a new baby’s name, or learn a new friend’s name, or even think about changing your own name, remember the name that is more important than all other names – the name of Jesus, because He loves us, He died for us and He rose again and lives today, praying for us!

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