Cover the tables with a purple cloth or table runner. Check Pinterest for pictures of Jesus that illustrate His attributes. Frame and place them on the tables.
Opening Prayer – (Emphasize our dependency on Christ.)
Song #73, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” The Salvation Army Song Book
The Names of Jesus
Devotional— Keep Your Eyes on the Goal
Song #707, “I Need Thee Every Hour”
The Salvation Army Song Book, or
“Awakening” by Sara Groves (Both songs are available on YouTube)
Closing Prayer—Hebrews 12:2
The Names of Jesus
Invite some of the women to read the names of Jesus and the referenced scripture. Ask them to share a time where they witnessed an attribute associated with that name. For example: Creator—when viewing the ocean created by Him, I am reminded of the God who made it. Prepare a list of these names and hand it out at the conclusion of the devotional.
- Almighty One: “I am the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come, the Almighty One.” Rev. 1:8
- Advocate: “I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” 1 John 2:1
- Bread of Life: “Then Jesus replied, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.’” John 6:35
- Beloved Son of God: “And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings Me great joy.’” Matt. 3:17
- Chief Cornerstone: “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.” Ps. 118:22
- Creator: “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creatorof all the earth.” Isaiah 40:28
- Deliverer: “And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment.”1 Thess.1: 10
- Good Shepherd: “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd sacrifices His life for the sheep.” John 10:11
- Great High Priest: “So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe.” Heb. 4:14
- Head of the Church: “God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him head over all things for the benefit of the church.” Eph. 1:22
- I Am: “Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am.’”
- Immanuel: “The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Isa. 7:14
- King of Kings: “Together they will go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because He is Lord of all lords and King of all kings. And His called and chosen and faithful ones will be with Him.” Rev. 17:14
- Lamb of God: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’” John 1:29
- Light of the World: “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12
- Mediator: “There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Tim. 2:5
- Messiah: “’We have found the Messiah’ (which means ‘Christ’).” John 1:41
- One Who Sets Free: “So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” John 8:36
- Peace: “For Christ Himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in His own body on the cross, He broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.” Eph. 2:14
- Redeemer: “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and He will stand upon the earth at last.” Job 19:25
- Risen Lord: “Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.” 1 Cor. 15:3, 4
- Rock: “For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that Rock was Christ.” 1 Cor. 10:4
- Sacrifice for Our Sins: “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10
- Savior: “The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” Luke 2:11
- Son of Man: “For the Son of Man[a came to seek and save those who are lost.” Luke 19:10
- Son of the Most High: “He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of his ancestor David.” Luke 1:32
- Resurrection and the Life: “Jesus told her,“I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in Me will live, even after dying.” John 11:25
- The Door: “I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9 (KJV)
- The Way: “Jesus told him. ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.’” John 14:6
- The Word: “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
- True Vine: “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.” John 15:1
- Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace: “For a child is born to us, a Son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And He will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isa. 9:6
For additional names of Jesus check the website: Crosswalk.com.
Keep Your Eyes on the Goal
Each New Year celebration many of us set goals for the coming year. Some are to stop negative habits; others are to start new good ones. We vow to eat healthier, exercise, lose weight, limit our time on social media and read more educational books. We promise to be kinder, more generous and to be patient with others. We promise God that we will pray more and read our Bible. How successful were you in meeting your goals last year? Most of us would probably fall under the category of “try–ers.” We have good intentions and try to meet the goals set, but have mixed results. We can often say that we “took one step forward and two back.” No amount of determination has seemed to work to meet the goals.
So here we are at the beginning of another New Year, facing some of the same good intentions and again fearing that we won’t be able to keep them. Is there another way to become what we should be without setting more impossible goals? The apostle Paul was like us. He too struggled with accomplishing those things that he wanted to do, but instead he ended up doing what he didn’t want to do. Read Romans 7:15–20. I think we can all relate to Paul’s confession. As hard as he tried, he couldn’t do the right thing through the law alone, but when he considered Him who was raised from the dead [Jesus], he could bear fruit.
Fortunately Paul didn’t leave us believing that all is hopeless and that we are doomed to lead a life of sin. He states in Romans 8: 1–3, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life–giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The Law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent His own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins.”
In Hebrews 12:1-2, we read, “Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us (verse 2). We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” When we put our focus on Him the good behaviors we desire in our lives will come to fruition.
Today we looked at the many names of Jesus. During the coming year, review the list and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what they reveal about Jesus’ attributes. The more you understand who Christ is, the better you’ll understand how to be a person whose life pleases Him.