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Something one can quickly notice when reading about Jesus: he, his contemporaries, and even his ancient predecessors had a lot of names and descriptions for him. Here’s a sampling of some 125 or so, though this list isn’t comprehensive. Some are the things he called himself (like “the Good Shepherd”), or those his followers used (“King Eternal”) or those proposed years in advance (“Prince of Peace”). Altogether it’s quite a set. When you get this kind of attention, there’s usually a good reason. Click (or tap) on the picture for a larger version, and find your favorite.

Jesus Names

At the least, exploring this set gives some idea of his impact. My favorite probably changes over time, but the “I Am” was a profound one that Jesus used of himself (see John 8). In that time and to that audience, a non-crazy person would know this was nearly a complete blasphemy (equating himself with the voice in Moses’ burning bush episode) if not true. And thus the crowd quickly but unsuccessfully opted to try stoning him to death.

For those who are into the details, and you’d have to really want it, here are the Biblical references to the various names. In small print just to make you work for it. The names are from the King James (KJV) and/or New International (NIV) translations, with one from World English Bible (WEB) just to mix it up.

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Eternal Life – 1 John 1:2, The Power of God – 1 Cor 1:24, Son of the Living God – Matt 16:16, Chief Corner Stone – 1 Pet 2:6, The Greater Temple – Matt 12:6, Heir of All Things – Rev 1:2, Man out of Heaven – 1 Cor 15:47, Consolation of Israel – Luke 2:25, Ancient of Days – Dan 7:9, The Great Light – Matt 4:16, The Sign – Matt 12:38, Living Water – John 7:37-39, Good Shepherd – John 10:11, Emmanuel – Matt 1:23, Word of Life – 1 John 1:1, The Door – John 10:7, Glory of Israel – Luke 2:32, High Priest – Heb 2:17, Messenger – Mal 3:1, Son of David – Matt 1:1, Teacher – John 3:2, Wonderful Counselor – Is 9:6, Dayspring – Luke 1:78, Creator – Col 1:16-17, Son of Man – Matt 9:6, Helper – Heb 13:6, Beginning and the End – Rev 21:6, The True Vine – John 15:1, Savior of the World – 1 John 4:14, Wisdom of God – 1 Cor 1:24, Everlasting Father – Is 9:6, Passover – 1 Cor 5:7, Brother – John 20:17, Master – Matt 23:10, Only Begotten of the Father – John 1:14, Redeemer – Is 49:26, Prince of Life – Acts 3:15, The Great Prophet – Luke 7:16, Physician – Mark 2:17, King of Kings – Rev 17:14, God over all – Rom 9:5, Our Life – Col 3:4, Our Hope – 1 Tim 1:1, Sun of Righteousness – Mal 4:2, The Eternal – 1 Tim 1:17, Son of God – John 5:25, The Great God – Titus 2:13, The I Am – John 8:58, Lord – John 13:13, Prince of Peace – Is 9:6, Alpha and Omega – Rev 1:8, Commander – Is 55:4, Lord and Savior – 2 Pet 3:2, Righteousness – 1 Cor 15:45, Precious – 1 Peter 2:6, Servant – Matt 12:18, Jesus – Matt 1:21, Savior – Luke 2:11, Righteous Judge – 2 Tim 4:8, Anointed One – Ps 2:2, Friend – Luke 7:34, Life-Giving Spirit – 1 Cor 15:45, Word of God – Rev 19:13, Great High Priest – Heb 4:14, Image of the Invisible God – Col 1:15, Our Peace – Eph 2:14, Ordained – Acts 17:31, Blessed Hope – Titus 2:13, Lamb of God – John 1:29, Head of the Church – Eph 5:23, Light of the World – John 8:12, Holy One – Acts 2:27, The Living One – Rev 1:18, Salvation – Is 62:11, The Way – John 14:6, Lord of All – Acts 10:36, Exalted above the Heavens – Heb 7:26, The Immortal – 1 Tim 1:17, Firstborn of Creation – Col 1:15, Mediator – 1 Tim 2:5, Firstborn from among the Dead – Col 1:18, The Christ – Matt 16:20, The Mystery of God – Col 2:2, Bread of Life – John 6:35, Faithful Witness – Rev 1:5, The Beloved – Matt 12:18, Truth – John 14:6, Fragrant Offering – Eph 5:2, Comforter – John 14:16-18, God Blessed for ever – Rom 9:5, Wisdom – 1 Cor 1:30, Lord of Glory – 1 Cor 2:8, Deliverer – Rom 11:26, The One and Only Son – John 1:18, Lord of Lords – Rev 17:14, Approved by God – Acts 2:22, The Almighty – Rev 1:8, Messiah – Dan 9:26, Rewarder – Rev 22:12, Son of Abraham – Matt 1:1, Head over all – Eph 1:22, The Grain of Wheat – John 12:24, King Eternal – 1 Tim 1:17, The Last Adam – 1 Cor 15:45, Manna – John 6:48-51, Judge of the Living and the Dead – Acts 10:42, Author and Perfecter of Faith – Heb 12:2, Lion of Judah – Rev 5:5, Desire of the Nations – Hag 2:7, Perfect – Heb 2:10, Fulness of the Godhead – Col 2:9, God Revealed in the Flesh – 1 Tim 3:16, Bright and Morning Star – Rev 22:16, The All in All – Col 3:11, The Resurrection – John 11:25, The Mighty God – Is 9:6, Author of Eternal Salvation – Heb 5:9, The True God – 1 John 5:20, The Amen – Rev 3:14, Prince and Savior – Acts 5:31, A Light of Revelation – Luke 2:32

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