John A. Braun
Christianity is not just a label, a category, or a space to be filled in for some pollster. We are named after Christ. The shepherds heard the angels identify the baby as Christ (christos), the Lord. Both Mary and Joseph were told that the baby would be called Jesus (Luke 1:31; Matthew 1:21). That name meant he would “save his people from their sins.”
Both names—Jesus and Christ, the name the angels proclaimed—have deep significance. Names back then were more important than they are today. Now parents often choose a family name or a name that simply appeals to them from a long list of names.
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