What's In A Name (Part 1)

In his famous work, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare suggests that a word used as an identifier is not all that important. Shakespeare writes, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Was the character Juliet correct when she said this? Does the name of a thing or a person matter?

 L.M. Montgomery’s title character in Anne of Green Gables would disagree. Anne states, ““I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”

 Which of these two would be more correct? Does this question even matter? In the midst of the busy-ness of the season, is this a question we as the people of God need to address? God’s Word tells us there is something significant about the names by which our Savior is known. Join us this week as we investigate the birth narrative found in the first chapter of Matthew, seeking what God says is significant about the name “Jesus.”