Pastor Jeff Struecker

A couple of weeks ago, we learned that the name Jesus was Palestine’s most popular baby name in one AD. I don’t know if that’s true because we have no records of that, but it was a popular name. And last week, we saw that there was a favorite title that Jesus used for himself in these multitudes of titles. 

Today, we’re going to take that idea. We’ll move it a half step to the right and talk about the metaphorical titles for Jesus, meaning they’re not literal titles. Still, when you put these phrases together, they describe a little bit about who Jesus is.

There are beautiful, powerful phrases in the Bible that describe who Jesus is, and here’s a phrase that you’re not going to find in the Bible, but sometimes Jesus can be called the morning dew. Everything on the planet is covered by it and touched by it. And the stuff is healthy and grows because of the morning dew. Jesus is beauty. His power and authority touch everything around you, whether you believe it or not, whether you even recognize it or not.  Let me talk about these titles that will give you a powerful idea of who Jesus is. 

In Israel, when you used lamb of, they recognized that as the sacrificial lamb that went to the altar, and we killed that lamb as a sin offering. The priest received an offering from the people, killed the lamb, and then sacrificed it as atonement for sin by sprinkling its blood on the altar. Jesus is referred to as Lamb of God. God gave a lamb that just happened to be His perfect and only Son, and when the Bible uses the phrase, it’s talking about Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross.  

Jesus is sometimes referred to as the Servant of God. Do you know that in Jesus’s day people would compare him to Moses? And this wasn’t accidental because Moses was often referred to in the Bible as the servant of God. So when the Bible uses the phrase Jesus the servant of God, it’s saying the one that Moses promised will come and be like him but be far greater than him. That guy is actually Jesus.  

The phrase Last Adam is often used to describe Jesus. In fact, in the book of Romans, the Bible tells how God sent the first Adam. He made a perfect place. Adam was perfect, but then Adam messed up everything that God made up. Well, God sent the last adam. The last Adam was God’s representative, and the last Adam (Jesus) came to earth to fix everything that the first Adam messed up. 

Do you see how powerful, how significant these titles these metaphorical titles for Jesus are? Sometimes Jesus is referred to as the bright morning star or the light of the world at night before the sun comes up. When it’s darkest, there’s a star in the sky that is brighter than all the others. That’s the star that gets your attention. And when Jesus is referred to as the light of the world and as the bright morning star, he’s referred to as the one we’re all supposed to pay attention to. He’s referred to as the one that makes that night sky most beautiful. It’s the centerpiece of the sky, 

At the end of the Bible, he is referred to as the Alpha and the Omega. The beginning and the end of the greek alphabet. And what the Bible is using with this phrase is he is A to Z and everything in between. All you need to know that is important to know about God. You can find it in Jesus. 

He is referred to as the lion of the tribe of Judah. Judah is God’s special people out of the 12 tribes, and Judah is special because there will be a son of Judah that will come. That son will be the powerful one of Judah and lead God’s people. And there are countless other titles that the Bible uses for Jesus. 

Did you know that even in the book of John alone, Jesus uses seven titles to refer to himself, starting with the words I am

  • I am the bread of life.

  • I am the doorway. 

  • I am the good shepherd. 

He does seven different titles with the words I am, and Jesus is saying I am God made in the flesh, but I am also God, the good shepherd. I am also God, the bread of life. I am also God the door. Will you memorize this verse with our church this week? 

Memory Verse

Jesus is saying that I am God, and because I am God, you can’t get into heaven any other way but through me. When you have seen or heard from me, you have heard the truth in any circumstance. I am the one who gives life in the first place. I’m the one who breathed into Adam the breath of life back in the garden of Eden. And I’m the one that gives you life, and I’m the only one that can give eternal life.

Just those I am statements in one book of the Bible teach us a great deal about who Jesus is, this magnificent savior that we worship. Now I want to put a question before you, and the question is just designed to help you remember for a long time what you learned today. Here it is:

A Challenge

When you put Alpha and omega bright morning star. Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Lamb of God. When you put all these statements together, what does it say about this man who walked on earth and loved you enough that he would become God’s sacrifice so that you could have your sins forgiven?

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