I’m actually posting this the day I read the chapter rather than the day after, so I’m caught up. Feel free to comment whenever you’d like.
Names! One of my personal favorite gospel topics. (Topics? Sure. It beats the ever so vague “… thingies?”) I find the fact that Heavenly Father takes names so seriously fascinating. I personally take it as full vindication of being a lit major- if symbolism is that important and prevalent, then it’s worth studying as a whole. I also find it terribly interesting to ponder given various ordinances in the LDS church- the process of presenting a baby to Heavenly Father to give them a name and a blessing being only one.
I’m making a list of the titles and names given to Christ (just as they come up in this book so far, and I’ll continue throughout our book club adventures- let me know if you’d like the list). So far there are 49. It’s interesting how each one denotes something different, some little (or big) insight into Christ’s role or, I’m assuming, personality. I think it would be really instructive to delve into the meaning of each one.
I found this quite intriguing in the notes: “Name in the scriptures not only equals that by which a person is designated, but frequently equals all that is known to belong to the person having this designation, and the person himself.”
Also, “Names of persons have been changed by divine direction, when not sufficiently definite as titles denoting the particular service to which the bearers were called, or the special blessings conferred upon them.”
Taking that into account when considering that we are to take upon us the name of Christ, or thinking of the people of Benjamin in the Book of Mormon who were given a new name that would never be blotted out, is kind of eye opening. So much more responsibility than just “being a good example” or whatever we think of when we think of taking the name of Christ.
My personal favorite name/title of Christ, or the one that resonates the most with me, is I Am. I love the consistency of identity it states, the complete integrity. I can completely trust someone designated I Am.
Which resonates the most with you?
(PS. You don’t have to be part of the Jesus Book Club to comment, and you don’t have to ask to be part of the book club- chime in, anyone!)