by Ed Rowell

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Understanding Jesus Christ: His Names (2 of 3)
Ed Rowell
Matthew 16:13-23, Isaiah 9:6-7
December 12, 2001

The name on my birth certificate is "Edward Keith Rowell". I was named after my mother's father, Edward Willis.

My pastor friend, E.K. Bailey calls me E.K. Rowell. When people wanted to tease me as a kid they called me Eddie Munster. My Mom and Dad still call me Eddie. My friend Merle calls me Edgar for some reason. Bill Cochran calls me "brother Ed" because he knows that title bugs me. Susan calls me Fred. We don't know why. My kids called me Daddy when they were younger, now its just Dad. A telemarketer calls me Mr. Ro-ell. The girl at the K-Mart checkout looks at the name on my debit card and says, "Have a good day, Edward." Every once in a while, someone, knowing I'm a pastor and wanting to be polite, will call me Dr. Rowell, even though I have no earned doctorate and would never publicly use that title even if I had.

Parents here in the South often encourage their children to address an adult by the title Mr. or Mrs., followed by their first name. So our kids know Miss Rachel, Miss Charlotte, etc. And I often get introduced to kids as Mr. Ed, and those who have Nickelodeon or TV Land on cable think immediately of a talking horse and start giggling.

I prefer Ed. Just plain ol' Ed is fine with me. But no matter what you call me, I'm the same person. But the name used for me says something about the relationship I have with people.

There are at least 103 titles and names for Jesus in the Bible. Every name reveals another insight into His nature, His character, and His Eternal purpose. But in addition to that, every name says something about his relationship with us, and corresponds to a human need. Tonight we'll look at seven of those names, based upon two passages, one NT, the other a familiar Christmas text, a prophecy about Jesus from the OT.

Names That Deal with Our Ultimate Needs
Matthew 16: 13-23

Because we needed to be rescued ...

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