Isabella had a wonderful way of using her own personal experiences to show people how relevant the Bible could be in their everyday lives. In 1895 she wrote this uplifting piece for a Christian magazine:
Have you ever noticed how many beautiful names Jesus has?
One of the pleasantest Sunday afternoons I remember was spent with my dear father, looking up some of them, and trying to find what they meant.
We began with that one in Zechariah 3:8, where it says:
“Behold, I will bring forth my servant the Branch.”
I suppose I was not old enough at the time to understand much of its meaning, but I liked the sound of the verse; and I like now to think of Jesus as a part of God, a branch from the divine one, broken off from the great tree and sent to earth for us.
Then we looked at Isaiah 9:6, and found that he was not only a branch from God, but that one of his names was “Everlasting Father.”
And Isaiah 7:14 called him “Emmanuel,” which means, God with us.
And Paul, in Romans 11:26 called him the Deliverer; and Peter called him the Corner-Stone, and John, the Good Shepherd, and the Lamb of God, and the Light, and the King, and the Word, and the Why. John has so many names for him!
Take your Bible some day, and try and find out all the names of Jesus; if you have not thought about it before, you will be astonished at the number of them. I do not think you can imagine a great or helpful name which has not been given to him.
So many times he is called the Savior! Then he is the Mighty One, the Maker of all things; the Prince of Life, the Prince of Peace, the Morning Star, the Redeemer, the King of Kings.
I wonder if you will have a preference among these names? If some of them will seem to make him come nearer to you than others?
One day I was very much afraid of something which I feared was coming to me; I did not see how I could escape it, and I was glad to remember that Jesus was the Deliverer.
Then, when my father died, and my heart felt as heavy as lead, and it seemed to me as though I could never be happy again, I found this name for Jesus in Revelation 1:5:
“The first-begotten of the dead.”
Then I remembered that Jesus died, and was the first one to rise from the dead by his own power, and had promised to raise all others, and that my father would surely live again.
Oh, this is a beautiful thing to study about! Who will try it? See how many names you can find.
2 thoughts on “The Many Names of Jesus”
don’t like to think of people like Isabella Alden, whose books I hold in high regard, as having anything amiss in their theology. However, in the first example above from Zech. 3:8 about “Jesus as a part of God, a branch from the divine one, broken off from the great tree and sent to earth for us”, she got it wrong. The reference to Jesus as a “Branch” refers not to His deity but his humanity. In Isaiah 11:1, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots”. Also, Jeremiah 23:5. “Behold the days come saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.” In these, as well as other references, this refers to Jesus and His future millenial Kingdom. — And even more importantly, Jesus is not a “part of” God, but Jesus IS God. I am sure she knew and believed that; and that she just got a little carried away in her point of reference.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Mary! —Jenny