April 10, 2014: The Name of the Lord

~by Louis Templeman

Lord, God of hosts, who is like you? Mighty Lord . . . you rule the raging sea. You still its swelling waves.
(Psalms 89: 9-10)
He alone stretches out the heavens and treads upon the crests of the sea.
(Job 9:8)

The above two scriptures foreshadow an incident in the life of Jesus as revealed in Matthew 14: 24-25: “Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about with waves, for the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night he came towards them walking on the sea.”

These two Old Testament passages refer to God, yet it is the man, Jesus, who fulfills them. He is a man and he acts like God. It is a great mystery that Jesus, being divine, would call God, “his God and his Father”. I have discussed this with several friends who are black Muslims who are literally scandalized by the Christian doctrine that Jesus is the Second Person of the Trinity; divine, yet having human flesh. Divine, yet he prayed during his life and referred to God as “My God.” I am always left with the notion that God rarely sees the need to explain his mysteries. And, a religion that is fully rational may also be merely human and void of the supernatural.

Jesus is indeed divine. Paul said in Philippians 2: 9, 10, “. . . God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord to the glory of the Father.”

The Apostle Thomas was entirely dispirited after the crucifixion of Jesus. He refused to believe reports that his Messiah had risen from the dead. Bitterly he said, Unless I see the marks of the nails in his hands and put my fingers into the nail mark . . . I will not believe.” Soon after Jesus confronted him and said to him, “Put your finger here.”

Thomas was amazed and blurted out, “My Lord and my God!”

When the Lord was walking on the stormy sea he said to his disciples who were frightened at both the storm and at his walking on water, “Take courage. It is I do not be afraid.” The literal translation of “It is I” can be written as, “I am.” Perhaps Jesus was using this powerful Old Testament phrase to reveal this mystery to his disciples.

The name of the Lord is Jesus.

~Louis Templeman

Louis writes from Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his old friend and wonderful bride, Joy. They transformed their friendship into the sacrament of marriage on August 30, 2012. They share their home with two self-absorbed, playful, twin cats (Flo and Jet) and one very allusive and arrogant cat named D.

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