“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” -Juliet trying to convince Romeo that names don’t really have much significance.

While it’s true, a rose would still have its attractive qualities even if it were called “dandelion,” most of us hold special significance to some names. My middle name is Morgan, the same as my father’s and his father’s, and one of my sons’. To me it describes the fact that I’m a part of a larger Story.

All of us who celebrate the profound significance of this season would also say there is one name that is above every other name. In predicting his coming the prophet Isaiah said,
“And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Is. 9:6

Later, the apostle Paul wrote:
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” Phil. 2:9-11

What a powerful name Jesus Christ is to us who know him as Son, Savior and Friend!