Let's Talk About Jesus' Names

by Melissa Slocum

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

Today, let's talk about...


Isaiah 9:6-7


A child is born to us, a son is given to us,
    and authority will be on his shoulders.
    He will be named
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
There will be vast authority and endless peace
    for David’s throne and for his kingdom,
    establishing and sustaining it
    with justice and righteousness
    now and forever.

The zeal of the Lord of heavenly forces will do this.


Key Verse:

A child is born to us, a son is given to us, and authority will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6



Along with Isaiah’s prophecy about the Savior’s birth came the pronouncement of some of the many roles he would fulfill. Throughout the New Testament, Jesus was referred to by more than 150 names or roles. Because there were so many different understandings of who he was and his purpose, Mark, Matthew, and Luke all recorded the same conversation with Jesus in which he asked, “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29, Matthew 16:15, Luke 9:20). There are many facets to Jesus (after all, he is God). While he walked on earth in human form, people experienced him as a teacher, a rabbi, a healer, a friend, a Savior, and the Son of God—and in even more ways after his resurrection.


Questions to Discuss:

How might Jesus’ many names and roles have been confusing to people?

What are some names or roles you have heard for Jesus?

Which ones do you relate to most? Why do they resonate with you? How can you share that aspect of Jesus with others?

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