I've always wanted to do an extensive study of the different names of Christ found in the scriptures, so as I was preparing the give the scripture journal presentation for the YW last December, I decided to add a little handout with the names of Christ. This list, not a comprehensive list, so please don't be limited by what I have included in the handout. I have included over 100 names, but here is a list of over 200 names of Christ. The Bible Dictionary also offers an extensive list of Christ's names that are linked to the actual scriptures, which makes studying online so easy (I love that). In creating this simple booklet, I wanted to give the girls and myself a starting point. I also printed off the some of the names in a fancy font on some label stickers to help get them started. I have included those in the download as well if you want to use them.
I printed my copy off and glued it to the front of a blank Moleskine journal; I added a little washi tape just for fun. I am keeping the pages in alphabetical order as much as possible. It's meant to be printed like a book, front to back on a standard sheet of paper. I stapled the little book together, but it's only two pages so it can be glued. Along with the names, I included a simple study guide with some of these questions or suggestions.
1. Definition of His name. I included this because John studies Hebrew. I have learned a great deal from the things he has taught me and from what the Hebrew meaning of the words are. It's been very enriching.
2. List the scriptures. I have provided a single reference for each name, but for most there are many. It's very helpful to see how the different verses add to who Christ is and what He taught.
3. What does the scripture say? Now I don't plan on rewriting all the scriptures; I will write what I learn from the scripture. It might not have anything to do with the actual content of the verse. Sometimes the Spirit prompts me like that.
4. How is His name applicable in the scripture? Why is that particular name used? What does it tell me about Him? How does it give me insights into the Savior and my relationship with Him?
5. How does this name impact my everyday life? I have been thinking a great deal about this as I've contemplated this project. For me I use the name Christ when speaking, Jesus feels foreign to me. I'm not sure why something I will ponder as I study. There are other names that have become dear to me that I will share at a later date.
6. Add your favorite pictures of Christ. Include images of the representations of Christ's name: i.e., cornerstone, shepherd, bread. I love this. I have found some lovely work as I have started this that I never knew existed. Beautiful representations of the Savior. The church offers many pictures of Christ and other gospel-related images that you can download and use in your personal study and lessons. It is an excellent resource.
7. Include your favorite quotes. For the most part, the quotes I have read refer to Christ in His common names, but when doing a search for one of His names I came across this beautiful talk (I loved listening to a young President Monson) and loved this quote:
"We discover he is more than the babe in Bethlehem, more than the carpenter’s son, more than the greatest teacher ever to live. We come to know him as the Son of God. He never fashioned a statue, painted a picture, wrote a poem, or led an army. He never wore a crown or held a scepter or threw around his shoulder a purple robe. His forgiveness was unbounded, his patience inexhaustible, his courage without limit. Jesus changed men. He changed their habits, their opinions, their ambitions. He changed their tempers, their dispositions, their natures. He changed men's hearts." (Thomas S. Monson, "The Paths Jesus Walked," General Conference, April 1974)
8. How does this name impact how I view myself and who I can become? (I think this is one of the keys for me. The Lord knows who I am, who I have always been. He knows my potential and does everything He can help me realize my divine nature.)
This is not a journal that I am in a huge rush to finish. I have been thinking about one particular name for many months. This is my journey to draw closer to the Savior, so there is no time limit, only the desire for change. I also want you to understand that I will never profess to be a scholar or provide profound insights if I share some of my entries. This journal is not meant to be a reference manual or anything other than a place for me to learn and grow.
I went back and searched the blog (I love the search feature) for things that I have already written about Christ that I might want to include in my journal. I am so glad I write our stories. I had forgotten about this precious gem: RECOGNIZING CHRIST, or this post: NEVER DENY CHRIST which brings so many thoughts.
I will also include my testimony of Christ (or this one) in the opening pages. Perhaps I will write my testimony again in the final pages and see how my relationship with Christ has changed. It will become another tangible testimony not only for me but my children. I want them always to understand that I know He lives. My witness of Him is strong, even if it is small. He is the Light and the Way. He is my all.
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“That man is greatest and most blessed and joyful whose life most closely approaches the pattern of the Christ. This has nothing to do with earthly wealth, power, or prestige. The only true test of greatness, blessedness, joyfulness is how close a life can come to being like the Master, Jesus Christ. He is the right way, the full truth, and the abundant life.” (Ensign, Dec. 1988, p. 2.)