And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.”
You may have heard the phrase, “two heads are better than one.”
In my family it goes something like this, “two EDs are better than one.”
My paternal grandfather’s name was “Edward Blonski.”
My father’s name is “Edward L. Blonski.”
My grand-uncle’s name was “Edward Wear.”
My uncle’s name is “Albert Edward Blut.”
My son’s name is “Edward A. Blonski, Jr.”
And, of course, my name is “Edward A. Blonski” and since 1996, we add a “Sr.” to my name.
According to Wikipedia “Edward is an English given name. It is derived from the Anglo-Saxon form Éadweard, composed of the elements ead ‘wealth, fortune; prosperous’ and weard ‘guardian, protector’” [Wikipedia contributors, “Edward,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Edward&oldid=740207323(accessed December 6, 2016)]
As you can see, I have a lot to live up to – but there’s no pressure!
The child born to Zechariah and Elizabeth should have been named, according to their family and friends, “Zechariah ben Zechariah.” It is a good name, as it means “Yahweh has remembered.”
That certainly applies to both Zechariah and Elizabeth. They were “seasoned” citizens and noted to be passed the age of child-bearing. But God remembered their prayers for a child!
But not only would they have a child, their child would be the last prophet of the Old Testament era and the forerunner of the Messiah!
Naming this child “Zechariah,” after his father and the last prophetic writer of the Old Testament would have been appropriate.
But it was not to be.
Elizabeth – who was speaking for both herself and her husband – said that this child would be named “John.”
Again, according to Wikipedia, “John” means “Yahweh is Gracious” [Wikipedia contributors, “John (given name),” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_(given_name)&oldid=749920029 (accessed December 6, 2016).]
And that is also appropriate. For John would be the first to recognize God’s grace in Jesus. John would be the one who proclaimed Jesus to be the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.”
John also lived up to the promise of his name – by being known as “the Baptizer.” He was a means through which God would shed his grace on others.
Names are important, as any parent can attest to. A lot of thought usually goes into naming a child.
This time of year, the name “Christ” is thrown around without a lot of thought. It is my prayer that we can not only say we will put “Christ” back into “Christmas” but that we will actually live that idea.
Christ (the name means “anointed one” or “Messiah”) is the Savior of the world. He was born in order to take our sins away by his death on the cross.
Let’s live up to his name this season!
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