There is just something that happens to a person when they hear their name. Nothing else gets the attention of a person when someone calls their name. I know by experience that whenever I hear my name, I immediately turn to see who is calling me. It doesn’t even matter who it is. As soon as I hear my name, you have my attention.
In John 20, John records an encounter between Jesus and Mary Magdalene that envelopes this truth about a person hearing their name. This is what John writes “Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).” (John 20:14-16 NKJV) Mary didn’t recognize Jesus until He called her by name. But as soon as Jesus said her name, Mary knew exactly who she was talking to.
Earlier in John, Jesus says my sheep know my voice and I call them by name. In other words, Jesus just doesn’t know who you are but He knows your name. He cares about you so much that He calls you by name. The name that is above every name knows your name. Let that just sink in for a minute. The Creator of the universe loves you so much that He wants to know you at such an intimate level as to call you by your name. When everyone else is calling you every thing else under the sun, take heart that Jesus calls you by name.
- What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
- Are you listening to what everyone else is calling you or are you listening to the voice of God?
- Know that the Creator of the world loves you so much to call you by name.