Juliet Got It Wrong

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6-7

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which translated means, “ GOD WITH US.” Matthew 1:23

What’s in a name? So much more than just an artificial and meaningless convention. And yet so inadequate to reveal God.

Immortal honors crown the Savior’s head,

Bestowed on him – yet all ascriptions seem

Inadequate, a pale reflection seen

But darkly, stars’ exploding brilliance fed

Across the blackest wastes of space ’till read

By dullish sight perceiving feeble streams

Of fairy light, too tame these twinkling beams:

They never blind us, but amuse instead.

But one bright star outshines the galaxy

Of titles: let the church’s praises swell,

Eternally crescendo, harmony

Superb: “Immanuel! Immanuel!”

“God with us!” – doubly rich as insight thrusts

New understanding, crying, “God with us!”

From Holy Sonnets of the Twentieth Century by D.A. Carson (#13)


About Lynnette

A sinner saved by grace, adopted, and now a Child of the Living God. My greatest desire is to please my Heavenly Father in all that I say and do.
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