My mom and dad named me Sheri on June 12, 1970. All hopes were for a healthy baby BOY, but I rebelled from the womb apparently and bounced into this world a girl with blonde hair, big blue eyes and a wide screaming mouth. So, I got the name Sheri instead of Terry Jr. or whatever name they would have given me had I been of the male persuasion.
I have always liked my name and grew up thinking it meant cherished warrior princess. You remember buying those little name cards at the bookstore don’t you? I had a little yellow and pink one that I kept forever that told me what my name meant. I liked the idea that warrior was in there, but not princess. I have never been and never will be that type of girl. And “cherished”? I liked that because after all, I am the baby of the family and that is synonymous with “spoiled”, right?
But, to be honest, the origins of my first name are not exactly clear. This is what I found out about my name on http://www.behindthename.com:
“Before the 20th century this was probably from the Irish surname Ó Searraigh meaning “descendant of Searrach” (a name meaning “foal” in Gaelic). Later it may have been reinforced by the French word chérie meaning “darling”, or the English word sherry, a type of fortified wine named from the Spanish town of Jerez. This name came into popular use during the 1920s, inspired by other similar-sounding names and by Collette’s novels ‘Chéri’ (1920, English translation 1929) and ‘The Last of Chéri’ (1926, English translation 1932), in which it is a masculine name.”
So basically I am either a darling young horse, a fine wine, a character from a novel or a man.
Good thing my name doesn’t really have to define me!
But there is Someone Whose name definitely defines them, and that is Jesus. His name means Savior and that is EXACTLY Who He is.
In my Bible I have a line and arrow drawn, linking the following three passages of Acts:
“Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:6)
“And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3:16)
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)
Obviously we all know or have met a person from Latin America or of Latin American roots name Jesus and we call them (HeyZeus). I have met dozens of children and men with this name in Chicago. I’m sure that there are those who also pronounce it just like we read it in the Bible in English as well. But they are not our Saviour and they are not our Lord. They have been bequeathed that name but it doesn’t define them.
To believe on the name of Jesus Christ means to believe that He is Who God said He is. He was God incarnate. That means He was God come in the flesh to dwell among us and to redeem us from our sins. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died without seeing corruption and rose again.
To believe that He is those things is salvation.
Do you believe in the name of Jesus Christ?
There is no other way to Heaven. All roads of religion don’t lead there. I know it feels good to think that peace is what will eventually bring you to the golden streets and pearly gates, but the only One to provide peace is Jesus Christ.
There is no church that can save you from hell.
There is no religion that can offer a bridge from death to life.
There is no prophet that can be believed on for an eternal life with God.
There is no other way to God but Jesus.
What a name. What a Saviour. Do you know Him today? Does your neighbor?
I share the sentiment of Paul:
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:” (Ephesians 1:17-21)
Until Next Time, Lord willing,