Is "Christ" Jesus Last Name? How Do I Pray in Jesus' Name?

Dear Roger,

Please don't take this wrong. I'm really asking this question. We have always referred to Jesus as Jesus Christ. But no where have I found that "Christ" is his last name. Could you please tell me what (if he has one) is Jesus' last name?

Ray

Dear Ray,

I find your question intriguing. No one has ever asked me this question. However, I am certain that you are not the only one who has wondered about this.

First of all, the name Jesus means “Savior.” In Matthew 1:21 the angel instructed Joseph: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” By the way, the Old Testament name “Joshua” is basically the same name as “Jesus”.

Second, the name “Christ” is really a title. It refers to the Jewish hope that one day the “Messiah” would come and establish the Kingdom of God on earth.

So, in essence we have the savior name and the title name used in succession: Jesus Christ.

Finally, it is interesting to note that one of the earliest Christian symbols was a fish. You have probably seen how easy it is to make a “fish” by noticing them on the backs of many cars. The fish symbol often functioned as a “pass word” shared between two people to identify each other as Christ Followers (often during times of persecution and duress).

The Greek word for “fish” in English letters is “ichthus”.

This Greek word is an acrostic. Each letter is an initial for several descriptive names and titles for Jesus.

“I” is the first letter in Jesus’ name (iesous)

“C" stands for the first letter in the title name “Christ” (christos).

"TH” begins the word “God (theos).

“U” is the first letter of the Greek word “son” (uios).

“S” begins the Greek word “savior” (soter).

Put those letters together and they not only spell “fish”, they stand for “Jesus Christ God’s Son Savior.

 

What Does It Mean To Pray In Jesus' Name?

 

John 14:13-14: “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it”

 

Some misapply this verse, thinking that “in Jesus’ name” is much like a magic formula. Ask whatever we want and he’s promised answer “yes”. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

 

Praying in Jesus’ name means praying with His authority and asking God the Father to act upon our prayers because we come in the name of His Son, Jesus. Praying in Jesus' name means praying the same things that Jesus would pray “if he were here”. Praying in Jesus’ name means praying in line with the will of God (1 John 5:14-15).

INTERACTING WITH THE NAMES OF JESUS CHRIST

 

Praying and meditating through the names of Jesus enhance worship, promote spiritual growth and deepen our intimacy with Jesus.

 

There are some 200 names and titles of Christ found in the Bible. I selected some of the more prominent ones as examples of how we may deepen our understanding and relationship with Jesus.

 

When you are reading the Bible and come across one of Jesus’ names, pause for a moment and draw a mental image of Jesus enhancing that particular name. Then, personally interact with that name and be blessed.

 

JESUS (Matthew 1:21; Luke 2:11; John 6:35; 6:48)

 

Picture yourself carrying a huge bag of sins. You’re stumbling, falling, thirsting and growing weaker. Sin is mercilessly driving you down into the dirt. Then, Jesus approaches out of nowhere. Imagine him putting his arms around you and loving you. “If you’d like,” he says, “I’ll carry that big bag for you.” The relief is incredible. Sins are gone and a new life begins.

 

“Thank you, Jesus, for forgiving my sins and sacrificing your life on the cross for me.”

 

BREAD OF LIFE (Luke 4:8; John 6:35, 48)

 

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never be hungry”’.

 

Picture this! He’s preached all day. It’s getting late. Imagine 5,000 hungry people. Jesus says to his disciples, “Feed them.” Peter says, “Feed them! Are you kidding? There’s no grocery store near here!”

 

Andrew brings him five small pieces of bread and two small fish.

Now watch carefully. Jesus rubs his hands together and a piece of bread appears. He rubs his hands again and more bread appears. Who planted the seeds? No one. Who watered the crops? Who harvested the grain? Who pounded out the flour? Who heated the oven? No one.

 

How about the fish? Who caught the fish? No one. They were never caught. Who brought charcoal? Who lit the fire? No one. Jesus was creating a Galilean delicacy. These fish were about 5 inches long with a pickle-type relish for moisture. He’s not just creating fish. He’s making pickles!

 

As bread sustains life in the flesh, Jesus is the Bread that sustains life in the spirit.

 

“Jesus, I’m hungry for you and your word. Feed me. Amen”.

 

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16)

 

Imagine Jesus sitting on a throne surrounded by a host of people from all over the world. All are kneeling in submission to Jesus Christ. You kneel and declare with them: “Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the father.” Then, suddenly, Jesus is standing right with you. You exclaim: “I’ll never turn back, wherever you lead I’ll go”

Jesus says, “I know.”

 

“Lord, make me a spiritual father or mother; I don’t care what it costs.” Amen

 

LIGHT OF THE WORLD (John 8:12; 2 Corinthians 4:4)

 

You enter Carlsbad Caverns with your tour guide. You are delighted with the multicolored stalactites and stalagmites hanging from the ceiling and growing from the ground. Your tour guide asks, “Do you want to see dark like you’ve never seen it before?” He turns off his flashlight. It’s so dark you can taste it”. He turns on his flashlight. Instinctively, you turn toward the light.

 

It’s a dark world out there. Think about how he brought you into the light. Did it happen in a moment of decisive commitment? Or was your salvation a process that occurred over time?

Some are still in darkness. The only ones who ask, “Where’s the light?” are those who are blind. Paul says that Satan has blinded the eyes of unbelievers so that they cannot see the glorious light.

 

Think of a friend or two who need Jesus. Pray that the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of your friends so they can see the light.

 

“Thanks for bringing my friends and me into the Light.”

 

THE WORD OF GOD (John 1:1-4; 1 John 5:7-8)

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Through him all things were made; and without him nothing was made that has been made.”

 

The Greek word, “logos,” is translated in English as, “word.” “Logos” is a Greek philosophical term referring to the “unrevealed wisdom of God.” Jesus is the word of God. John tells us that at a point in time, the unrevealed wisdom of God put on a body so he could dwell with us.”

 

John also tells us that at a point before time Jesus created the universe. Picture Jesus standing on the edge of nothingness and tossing 100 billion stars into existence. In addition, 1,000 billion planets now populate the universe.

 

“Lord, I praise you because with all the things you have going on in the universe today, you have time for me.” Amen

 

GOOD SHEPHERD (John 10:11,14)

 

In Bible times, a good shepherd was willing to risk his life to protect his sheep from predators. Jesus is the door of the sheep pen. He protects us. He cares for us, nurtures and feeds us. He laid down His life for His sheep. Jesus’ favorite picture of himself was as a shepherd.

 

David composed Psalm 23 by imagining himself to be a lamb looking up at his shepherd. Think of yourself as a little lamb looking up at Jesus. He’s looking at you with such love and compassion. Sheep need to be led, not driven. Think of the last time he took you through the valley of the shadow of death and all was well. Imagine yourself being secure in the arms of Jesus. Cuddle up!

 

But there’s more to your shepherd. Revelation shows us Jesus as a bleeding lamb slain on the altar for our sin.

 

“The Lord is my shepherd he’s all I want.”

 

By the way, here are some other names that you might enjoy:

 

Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6)

 

Emmanuel (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:23)

 

Resurrection and Life (John 11:25)

 

Messiah (John 4:25-26)

 

Well Ray, I hope this helps to answer your question and a little more. Thanks for asking it.

 

 

Love, Roger

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