BigRead 13 Day 8 : Name

The #BigRead13 Day 8

You can find day 8’s post from the #BigRead13 here.

Today we have been set John 20:31:

But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

There was also an extract from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – where the children don’t really know who Aslan is, but nevertheless their hearts leap at his name. Our challenge to reflect on – how do we feel, deep down, when you hear the name God or Jesus?

Funnily enough, I talked about this with a friend the other day. Why do some Christians bow their heads when they hear Jesus’ name in the Creed? Is it just because “At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow?” Or is it something deeper – an acknowledgement of respect, rather than an action learned by rote?

It’s not just about a physical response. There is a reaction to hearing the words “God” and “Jesus”.  Sometimes they’re used too easily by people – “For God’s sake”, “Jeez”. And that seems to either trigger no reaction, or mild unhappiness – not rabid anger. But hearing those names used properly triggers at least some reaction – perhaps not a Toronto blessing style one, but happiness; gladness; comfort that I know my redeemer liveth, and who he is.