Jesus: "Savior"

Jessica Heikoop

READ : Luke 2:1-14 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (v. 11) Jesus bears many labels—”Son of Man,” “Son of God,” “The Word,” “Emmanuel.” But there is one label that is especially dear to us as believers: Jesus the “Savior.” Though all of his names and attributes are equally important and wonderful, “Savior” is personal to us. We would never know his other attributes, indeed, we wouldn't …

Paul: "Servant of Christ"

Jessica Heikoop

READ : Romans 1:7 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God. (v. 1) Paul's life was radically transformed as he went from being an intense persecutor of Christ's followers to being a follower of Christ himself. After his conversion he bore a brand new label: “Servant of Christ.” That's how Paul introduced himself in his writings, and he lived it out as he unswervingly clung to Christ for the …

Saul: "Persecutor"

Jessica Heikoop

READ : Acts 7:58–8:3 But Saul was ravaging the church. (v. 3) In Acts 7 we read of the first Christian martyr, Stephen, who was stoned because of his faith in Jesus Christ. We also read for the first time of “a young man named Saul” (v. 58), who both witnessed and approved of Stephen's execution. Before he became Paul, this Saul made quite a name for himself in the early church, proudly carrying the label “Persecutor.” He is described …

Matthew: "Tax Collector"

Jessica Heikoop

READ : Matthew 9:9-13 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth. (v. 9) “Tax Collector” wasn't just a job description, it was a label. Tax collectors in biblical times were greedy and have even been harshly described as “evil.” Suffice it to say, very few people appreciated them. Yet here we have the Gospel of Matthew, the first book of the New Testament, written by an ex-tax collector. Not only …

John: "Baptist"

Jessica Heikoop

READ : Matthew 3:1-6 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea. (v. 1) There are some people throughout history whose labels are so attached to them that they become part of their name, like Alexander the Great, or Attila the Hun. And John the Baptist. This label was destined for John long before he was even born. John was a fulfillment of prophecy, one spoken by Isaiah, to be exact—the voice crying in the …

Peter: "Rock"

Jessica Heikoop

READ : Matthew 16:13-20 You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church. (v. 18) “Think before you speak” is probably something Peter heard often. In the Gospels Peter comes across as being quite rash. He makes gallant proclamations (“Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away!”), daring attempts (he was, after all, the only one to step out onto the water), and has fierce reactions (cutting off the servant's ear in …