the baby is named.
Then soon after,
the other names, begin to flow.
My parents named me, Sheryl.
But, some used to call me Sherry and Sher… logical to see the connection.
The other names I had were buggy, and zipper, and twinkle toes, and whaaa-bird…not so easy to see the connection. That is because these other names were born out my looks or of things I did or things I had.
Buggy? …because our family car was a Volkswagon Bug – the only one in the neighborhood.
Zipper? …because I was so skinny – my friend’s older brother teased that if I stood sideways and stuck my tongue out, I’d look just like a zipper.
Twinkle-toes? …because I spent many hours in the ballet studio – twenty years of dancing in fact.
Whaaa-bird? Because I would let out an audible Whaaa sound every time I picked up 2″x 12″x 16′ planks – I worked as a carpenter for a while in my young adulthood.
We all have them. Some we like, some (?) – maybe not so much. But all the names tell others who we are and often give an indication to what we are about.
I love the fact that no matter how many times I read the Word, I find fresh nuggets of truth.
The One and Only. This name just never stuck out. Honestly, I never noticed it.
But, the other day…the three words, One and Only, jumped right off the pages of the book of John, and hit me!
What an awesome name!
I read it. I pondered it. I rolled it around and around in my imaginings….and came up with WOW every time! Imagine,
to be the ONE and ONLY.
I love it!
I love that Jesus is named this way so that there is no question. Not even room for a hint of confusion. John says, “We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the father, full of grace and truth.” 1:14
and then in 1:18, “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s right side, has made him known.”
It’s in the name.
Who is He?
The One begotten Son from God the Father…
The One who is at God the Father’s right side…alive…in heaven, now (is = present tense)…
It’s in the name.
What is He about?
The One who makes the Father known to us…
God the One and Only meaning Jesus is God;
and Jesus revealed to us who God the Father is through His actions on earth.
No question! Such a clear depiction of Jesus. I love that we do not have to try and figure out who the One and Only is …the Word tells us. Don’t you just love it when everything is obviously clear?
The One and Only, full of grace and truth, came to draw us into faith so that we would believe on Him. The One and Only willingly took on the sins of us all, died on the cross, and arose victorious, and lives today at the right side of the Father: Truth. And Grace.
I know whom I believe in; whom I pray to; whom I worship! No confusion.
How about you?
Listen and be blessed.
Praising God for giving us the One and Only!
SIX DAYS and COUNTING!