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The Names of Jesus

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Jesus - The Righteous One

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If anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous one (I John 2). Fr. Tom explores what the Scriptures mean by this term.

When we were discussing the servant of the Lord, we saw that in that famous 53rd chapter of Isaiah, the Prophecy of Isaiah, that the servant is called “the righteous one.” We read in that prophecy where it says,

It was the will of the Lord to bruise him, to put him to grief; when he makes himself (or his soul or his life) an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, his seed; he shall prolong his days. The will of the Lord shall…

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Jesus - The Suffering Servant

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What was the nature and purpose of the death of Christ as depicted in the Old Testament prophecy of Isaiah? Get your Orthodox Study Bible out and follow along as Fr. Thomas teaches us verse by verse.

We have been reflecting on Jesus as the pais of the Lord, the servant of the Lord. That word, “servant,” we mentioned, “pais,” it’s also translated “son” or “boy” or “child,” and it is definitely used of Jesus in the New Testament, as we have seen [in] the sermons and prayers of Peter and John at the beginning of the Book of Acts, as well as other references to the prophecies of Isaiah.…

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Jesus - The Servant of the Lord

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Listen to a fascinating and instructive word study on the word "servant" and how it is applied to Jesus in both the Old and New Testaments.

In the Holy Scripture, Jesus is called, several times, the Servant of the Lord. There are two words for the term “servant.” One is “doulos,” which means a bonded slave, a kind of servant in the sense of a slave that is owned by someone, and that is both feminine and masculine, doulos, doulē, so you have the use of the term “doulos.” For example, in Philippians (Philippians 2:7), it says that…

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Jesus - The King

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The Lord is King and reigns in majesty! Fr. Tom explores the numerous references to Jesus as King in the Scriptures.

Today we’re going to consider the title for Jesus the King, the King, Christ the King. And we know that the issue of kingship is a very central issue in the Holy Scripture. If we go to the Old Testament, we see that God himself is to be the king over his people, “king” being the one who reigns, the one who rules. And very often, in the Holy Scripture, the teaching about God as reigning and Christ as reigning is put in verb form, sometimes even, we…

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Jesus - The Great High Priest

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Fr. Tom takes us to the Letter to the Hebrews which tells us why Jesus is the perfect sacrifice or offering.

In considering the names and the titles of Jesus, we want to see today that Jesus is not only the Prophet, the Teacher, the King, the Son of God, the Lord, the Christ, but he is also the Priest, the Great High Priest, the one and only High Priest. We are going to see also that Jesus is the High Priest, not like any of the other priests, in an absolutely unique way, being the Son of God.

The same…

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Jesus - The Teacher

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Fr. Tom Hopko continues his informative series on the Names of Jesus by exploring the term "Rabbi" or "Teacher" when referring to Jesus.

As we continue to meditate and think about the names and the titles of Jesus in the New Testament and as they’re used through Church history, we want to think today about the very first title given to Jesus in Scripture in public, and that is the title “Rabbi.” Jesus appears in history, after his baptism in the Jordan, his temptation by the devil in the wilderness. He comes forth and he begins to teach. And as a teacher, he is addressed by the people…

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Jesus - The Man

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Fr. Thomas Hopko delves deep into the reality that Jesus is truly Man.

In our reflections on the names and the titles for Jesus, we reflected on that strange expression in the Holy Scripture, a Hebrew, Aramaic expression, not a Greek expression, “the Son of Man.” And we saw how, in the Holy Scriptures, Jesus always refers to himself, in the pages of the four Gospels, as the Son of Man. And only in one place do other people refer to him as the Son of Man, and even there it’s where he himself called himself the…

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Jesus - Son of Man

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Why does Jesus refer to Himself as Son of Man when virtually no one else does?

When we read the Gospels, we see that Jesus always refers to himself as the Son of Man. It’s a very strange expression, “the Son of Man,” but he uses that expression all the time when he speaks about himself. No one else in the entire four Gospels ever calls him by that title. They call him “Rabbi”; they call him “Lord”; they call him “Master.” Some even say, “You are the Son of God.” Thomas…

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Jesus - The Power of God

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As Fr. Tom continues his series on the Names of Jesus, he examines the word "Power" and how it applies to Christ.

We [are meditating] and [thinking] upon the various names and titles of Jesus in the Scripture, in the New Testament, which titles, of course, are then used by the Christians, certainly the ancient Christians in their worship, in their liturgy, in their address to God and to Christ and to the Holy Spirit, or, we could even say, their address to God the Father through the Son, Jesus Christ, in and by the Holy Spirit, or relating and speaking directly to Christ as the…

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Jesus - The Icon of God

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Fr. Tom explores what the scriptures mean when they say Jesus is the very Image of God.

As we continue our reflections on the names and titles of Jesus, our Lord, in the holy Scripture, and how these images may be used in Liturgy and through Christian doctrinal history, theology, we want to say a few things right now about Jesus as the Icon of God, the Image of God. Here, of course, that word, “icon,” is a familiar one for Orthodox, because we have in our church icons.

The term “icon” simply means “image.”…

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