What’s in a Name?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Luke 1:57-80

It was Shakespeare’s character Juliet who first said that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. The idea behind that line is that the names of things do not matter, but only what things are. There is truth in what Juliet said, but it is also true the name of a thing or person often carries significance. The Bible is replete with stories where significance is attached to the names of individuals who either live up to or fail to live up to the name they are given. The account of the birth and naming of John the Baptist we are looking at today is a case in point.