What’s in a name?
In ancient times, names were intentional and had a significant meaning behind them, often based on a person's character or situation.
At times even God chose to refine the names of individuals through whom he wanted to instill a new vision or reveal His purpose for His people. He changed their names to give them a new testimony.
In the case of Simon, who was a fisherman before God called him, he was rechristened to Peter. At the time, he had no idea what an amazing destiny, God had for him. He went from being a wavering disciple to the Rock on which the church was built.
“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:18-19
Similarly, the name, “Jesus” reveals the significance of the purpose of God's plan in Christ's life. It translates to "the one who saves".
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
Through Jesus, humanity was saved. His love for us was so immense and earnest that he agreed to be a sacrifice, even to the point of death, so that we could live and be set free.
The name of Jesus is the greatest weapon available to us. It has the power to heal the sick, cast out demons, and set the captives free.
It is for us believers to harness its brilliance and live a victorious life under the banner of the name of Jesus Christ.