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Jesus Is Known by Many Titles

By Mormon.org
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Do You Know There Are So Many?

In the Bible, Jesus Christ is referred to by nearly 200 different names, titles, and descriptions. Many of these titles do a wonderful job capturing His majesty and mission. This post highlights only a handful of ways the Savior is referred to in ancient and modern scripture.

Jehovah

Jehovah is a name that has evolved from ancient Hebrew biblical text. Because Hebrew text was written with consonants, “Jehovah” first appeared as “YHWH.” The true pronunciation has been studied and debated over millennia. Because of modern revelations received by Joseph Smith, Mormons believe that Jehovah is the correct name by which the premortal Jesus Christ was known to the prophets of the Old Testament.

Jesus Christ

“Jesus” was the name given by an angel to Joseph and Mary prior to His birth (see Matthew 1:20–21; Luke 1:30–31; 2:21).

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Have you ever wondered about the origins and meaning of the name “Jesus Christ”? Stated simply, “Jesus” means “God is help” or “God is salvation.” “Christ” means “the anointed one.” This name reminds us that Jesus Christ was chosen by God to help and save us from sin, pain, and sorrow.

Savior, Mediator, and Redeemer

A savior is defined as a person who saves someone or something. A mediator intervenes between disputing individuals to bring about reconciliation. To redeem means to compensate for the faults or bad aspects of something. Christ has done the saving work. He is a merciful mediator between us and the justice of God and will redeem us from our sins if we allow Him to.

Have you ever considered what life would look like without the Savior? Thankfully, because of Him, we have every reason to look to the future with faith and optimism.

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Counselor and Judge

It’s little wonder that the Savior is called “Counselor.” The wise sermons He gave in His life live on today. He provided counsel not only through words but also through actions. It can be comforting to know that the loving, merciful individual who was sent to counsel us is also the one appointed to judge us for how we choose to live our lives (see Isaiah 9:6; John 5:22). See video.

The Light of the World

In John 8:12, Jesus called Himself the “light of the world.” He told His Apostles that anyone who would follow Him would not walk in darkness but would have the light of life. The invitation to follow Him is still extended to us today.

Jesus also called His true disciples the light of the world and asked them to let their light shine to help others find their way (see Matthew 5:14–16). We can join the cause of Christ by doing all we can to love and lift the human family.

The Lamb of God

When Christ is referred to as a lamb, it’s a reference to the Jewish tradition of offering unblemished sacrificial lambs, which might sound strange to us today, but pondering on Christ being the “Lamb of God” is a sweet reminder that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Christ was God’s unblemished sacrifice.

Immanuel

“Immanuel” or “Emmanuel” is a Hebrew term meaning “God with us.” Though the Savior lived His mortal life over 2,000 years ago, His spirit and teachings can still influence us today. There are many scriptures to confirm this, such as Doctrine and Covenants 88:63, which says, “Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” He once told His disciples, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).

Undertaking a personal study of the titles of the Savior is a unique and rewarding way to “draw near unto [Him].”