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They Never Called Him "Jesus"

I received an interesting email recently from a reader who suggested that since His disciples never called Him Jesus when speaking directly with Him, but always Lord, or Master, perhaps Christians shouldn't be so familiar with The Savior's Name either. The writer compared it to greeting the President of the United States by saying, "Hi, Bill," rather than "Hello, Mr. President," or "Good Morning, Sir." If a very powerful human leader is worthy of such respect, shouldn't the absolute King of the universe deserve even more?

Galilee It's certainly an excellent point to remember for when we meet Him in person, but what about in the mean time? Should we not use the name Jesus when referring to Him?

They never addressed Him as Jesus

First, the writer of the email is entirely correct in saying that they didn't use Jesus (or the original Hebrew or Greek equivalent) when speaking with Him in person. Examples -

"Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go. You have the words of Eternal Life." (John 6:68)

"Master," said John, we saw a man driving out demons (see Why Demons Are Afraid Of You) in Your Name..." (Luke 9:49)

"You call Me 'Teacher' [or Master] and 'Lord', and rightly so, for that is what I Am." (John 13:13) (see Rock Of Ages)

They did use the name Jesus in preaching The Gospel

"And our fellowship is with The Father, and with His Son, Jesus Christ." (1 John 1:3)

"And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ." (Romans 1:6)

"But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone." (Hebrews 2:9)

When we meet Him, how should we address Him?

Paul and Ananias spoke on separate occasions directly to Jesus Christ, after His resurrection, as the Spirit that He is now. Both men said the same thing, and both were accepted. They called Him, Lord -

"As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?" Who are You Lord?" Saul asked. "I Am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," He replied." (Acts 9:3-5) (see On The Road To Damascus)

"In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias.The Lord called to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord," he answered." (Acts 9:10)

Fact Finder: What is the only Name under heaven by which we can be saved?
Acts 4:10-12

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