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The Names of Jesus

Names of Jesus

Jesus - Name Above Every Name

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In this final reflection in the Names of Jesus series, Fr. Tom Hopko shows how the Name of Jesus is supreme.

We have now come to the end of our reflections on the names and titles of Jesus in Holy Scripture, referring to how they are used sometimes in the Holy Liturgy of the Church. And today we want to reflect on the subject of the Name itself, the importance of name, and then we want to reflect very particularly on how, according to the Apostle Paul, in his Letter to the Philippians, that the Name of Jesus, which is bestowed upon him by God, is the Name above…

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Jesus - Pioneer and Perfector

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In this next to last episode in the Names of Jesus series, Fr. Tom takes us to Hebrews 12 where the RSV tells us that Jesus is the "Pioneer and Perfector" of our Faith.

As we continue with our reflections on the names and titles of Jesus, we read in the twelfth chapter of the Letter to the Hebrews… And here I must emphasize again: read carefully Hebrews 12. It’s probably the most perfect place in the New Testament that describes what our Divine Liturgy in the Christian Church is, the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, and what we come to when we come to church and gather as Church.

Now that twelfth chapter, it’s…

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Jesus - Mediator and Intercessor

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Holy Scripture tells us there is "One Mediator between God and men" (I Timothy 2:5). Fr. Tom Hopko teaches on Christ as our Mediator and Intercessor.

In the New Testament Scriptures, our Lord Jesus Christ in several places is called the Mediator. In Greek that would be mesitēs, the mediator. And he’s called Mediator in several different ways: as a noun. The term “intercessor” as a noun does not exist, at least, I could not find it, but the fact that Jesus, as Mediator, lives eternally to make intercession, to intercede or to plead or to appeal or to turn to on behalf of us as Intercessor,…

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Jesus - The Head

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Jesus is the Head of the Church and the Head of the Body which is the Church. Fr. Thomas reflects on this title for Christ in this new episode.

When we were reflecting on Jesus Christ our Lord as cornerstone and keystone of the building, of the structure, of the Temple, in which, within which dwells the sanctuary and the holy place, we quoted the line from Psalm 118 that is referred to, directly quoted, in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and in the Book of Acts, and in the Letter of Peter in the New Testament. This line of the psalm says, “Have you not read,” it says in the New Testament, “these…

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Jesus - Cornerstone, Shrine, and Temple

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Several places in Holy Scripture, there are architectural images given to describe our Lord. Fr. Thomas reflects on them in today's episode.

When we reflect on Jesus as shrine, “naos” in Greek, or temple, “hieron” in Greek, “naos” meaning more like “shrine” or “sanctuary,” “temple” meaning the building. And there even is the term “building,” “oikos.” It could mean a house as a building or a household, and then there’s even “oikodomē,” meaning…

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Jesus - The Physician

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We know that Jesus is the Healer of soul and body, and the New Testament is replete with accounts of his miraculous works. But how do we differentiate between Jesus as the Healer and Jesus as the Physician?

As we continue with our reflections on the names and titles of Jesus, we want to think a bit today, reflect a bit today, about Jesus as the Physician. Now, as a title you don’t find this—how can you say?—directly in Scripture. You certainly have the activity of Jesus as a healer, as the one who heals, as the Physician, as we say in the Church’s Liturgy, “the Physician of souls and bodies,” of people’s lives and of…

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Jesus - True and Faithful Witness

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What is the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ as described in the Book of Revelation? Fr. Tom Hopko explores this with us in his next episode of The Names of Jesus.

In the Book of Revelation, the Apocalypse, at the very beginning of the book, it says that the book is the revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him to show to his servants. And then it says that he made known this revelation by sending an angel to his servant, John, who bore witness of the word of God and to the witness of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Then it says, “Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those…

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Jesus - Pastor and Bishop

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As Fr. Tom comes close to the end of this series, he explores with us the name of Jesus as Pastor and Bishop.

In the letter of Peter in the New Testament, the first letter—there are two of them—in the first letter attributed to Peter in the New Testament canon, we have a sentence in which Jesus is given the titles Pastor, or Shepherd, and Bishop. That’s how it’s translated in the King James version. In the Revised Standard Version, it would be Shepherd and Guardian, Guardian of your souls. And this is the context in which it is found. It says (II Peter…

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Jesus - Angel and Apostle

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Fr. Tom continues his series on the Names of Jesus by exploring two names that we do not usually associate with Christ.

As we continue our reflection on the names and titles of Jesus, we’re going to reflect today on two names, two titles, which we normally don’t think about at all as being applicable to Jesus. When we hear these words, we definitely do not think of Jesus Christ. One word is “angel,” and the other word is “apostle”: “angelos” and “apostolos.” Nevertheless, in the Holy Scripture and in the…

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Jesus - Friend and Brother

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We affirm as central to the Great Tradition both the divinity and humanity of Jesus, but today Fr. Tom focuses on the humanity of Christ as our Friend and Brother.

We Orthodox Christians are perhaps known among all the Christians for affirming the divinity of Christ, affirming that he is really God’s divine Son with the same divinity as God the Father, that he is really God in human flesh. He is the devar Yahweh. He is the Word of God, the Logos tou Theou, who is Theos, who is God. We relate to Jesus constantly as our Lord and our God, our Master, our Savior, our Redeemer. We glorify him to the…

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