Monday, January 18, 2016

Name Above All Names--Risen Lord!

artwork by Krista Hamrick

Krista Hamrick’s beautiful original art print, Name Above All Names Alphabet, has so inspired me. Each of the 26 individual Names she has identified are so special, as Krista has intricately painted, almost like stained glass windows, each one with its Scripture reference. Krista has said, “This is probably the painting that I have most enjoyed researching, designing, redesigning and painting. Beth Willis Miller has expanded upon each name with devotional word studies. By knowing, believing and trusting who God says He is, we can be confident in who He has created us to be.” I so agree with Krista! 

My heart has been drawn to do a word study for each of the names included in her art print. Krista and I felt led to publish our Name Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical Names of Christ available now on Amazon as a softcover book and as a Kindle book at this link.
Combining the beauty of Krista's artistic excellence with these word study devotionals is perfect for individual quiet reflection or small group Bible studies focusing on the Name Above All Names—Jesus Christ—and His attributes and characteristics.

Review by Michele Morin: “The infinite variety in nature, the curious complexity of human behavior, the synchronicity of multiple systems in our own anatomy — and in the solar system — all point, through general revelation, to the nature of God: multi-faceted, magnificent, and yet mysterious. Special revelation in Scripture picks up where creation leaves off, and Beth Willis Miller has teamed up with artist Krista Hamrick to focus on twenty-six pieces of evidence in Name Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical Names of Christ. The result is an alphabetical collection that resembles a twenty-six sided gem, each facet reflecting a slightly different hue of the nature of God the Son. From Alpha and Omega to King of Zion, each devotional highlights the Scriptural basis for the name in multiple translations and then provides commentary on the verses. Beth applies the truth and then invites her readers to join her in a prayer that turns the truth into a paean of praise. No mere academic exercise, the point of Name Above All Names Devotional is threefold:

Look up – Meditate on the name and what it reveals about the character of God.

Look in – I am propelled to ask galvanizing questions about my discoveries: “Because God is ___________________, I should therefore _______________.”

Look out – Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good, and for His glory.

With full-color art work and space for notes, Name Above All Names Devotional is a treasure for devotional reading, a resource for serious study, and a thoughtful and inspiring gift for loved ones.” (review by Michele Morin)


I was inspired by Matt Maher’s anointed hymn, Because He Lives (Amen) while studying
Luke 24:6

NASB:  He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee

He is not here; he has risen from the dead. Do you remember what he told you [while he was still] in Galilee?

God’s Word: He’s not here. He has been brought back to life! Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee.

TLB:  He isn’t here! He has come back to life again! Don’t you remember what he told you back in Galilee

The Voice: He is not here. He has risen from the dead. Don’t you remember what He told you way back in Galilee?

Pastor John MacArthur writes: “The resurrection of Christ is the greatest event in history. It is the main event in God’s redemptive plan.  It is the cornerstone and foundation of the gospel. According to Romans 10:9-10 in order to be saved you have to believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Now, we understand that the message that God has delivered to sinners throughout all of Scripture is that death does not end our existence. That is the message of Scripture from the start to the finish, that death is merely the doorway into eternity. Every human being ever born will live forever, fully conscious either in everlasting joy or everlasting suffering.”

Pastor John MacArthur continues: “There’s a beautiful little indication by Luke here that I love. “When they entered, they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.”  They could have said the body of Jesus. Lord Jesus, that is not a title used in the description of the death and burial of Jesus, but it’s a title of His by way of resurrection. God raised Him from the dead and declared Him Lord. In fact, that is exactly what Peter said on Pentecost, “Therefore, let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ.”  He is now the Lord.  “He has now been given the Name which is above every name, the name Lord, that at that name every knee should bow.” “Behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling apparel, like the angel who had come in the darkness when the soldiers were still there and removed the stone,” same dazzling appearance.  And as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead?  He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and the third day rise again.”

Pastor MacArthur continues: "The first great evidence of the resurrection is the empty tomb. At first, when the women saw them, verse 4, it says they stood near them.  Later, John says when Mary Magdalene came back at a later time she comes back, they were sitting.  There’s no contradiction there. This again is a very kind of natural scene.  Now, they are standing and later they’re sitting at the place where Jesus had been lain inside the tomb.  They’re wearing these dazzling clothes, like the dazzling appearance of Jesus in the transfiguration, the blazing appearance of the saints in Revelation 19 who returned with something of the glory, the Shekhinah reflection of heaven itself.  This is clearly indicating that these are divine messengers. There’s no other explanation. They’re not just young men. They’re not just angels who are men, and you can’t tell that they are really angels. They are angels who appear in the form of young men but who are dazzling, blazing, brilliant, shining beings that are obviously heavenly, and the result is predictable, as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, they are terrified, emphobos, an emphatic form of the word phobos, from which you get phobia, fear, panic, terror sets in. This, by the way, is the first announcement that Jesus is alive.  Why are you seeking the living One?  The One who is life, the One who cannot die, the One death cannot hold among the dead. And then the angels get very specific.  Verse 6, “He is not here,” why?  “But He has risen,” passive, He has been raised, ēgerthē. He has been raised. This is the only possible explanation for the empty tomb, and it is the testimony of God’s holy messengers. It is inerrant, it is authoritative, it is irrefutable, and it is a fulfillment of the promise. If you believe in the resurrection, Jesus is therefore Lord.  If you don’t want Jesus as Lord, then you better deny the resurrection. If there is a resurrection, Jesus is Lord and the Bible is true. And every man is therefore accountable to His lordship. The single greatest evidence of the resurrection is the testimony of God, given by angels from His presence and reiterated by the Spirit of God inspiring the writers of the New Testament.”

Pastor MacArthur concludes: “I will say what Biblical scholar and theologian
Norval Geldenhuys has said, and it’s wonderfully said: “If Jesus hadn’t risen, the New Testament would never have been written.”  Never.  “For who would have taken to write the biography of anyone who had laid tremendous claim to Messiahship and divinity, but whose career terminated in a shameful death?  But God be praised, Jesus did arise, and that is why the group of men who wrote the books of the New Testament took up their pens with such enthusiasm and holy conviction. And throughout their writings we perceived the clear note of their firm conviction that Jesus Christ, who had died, rose again from the dead and was invested with divine power and glory.”

God so loved the world that he sent his only Son, and yet that Son was met with death and dishonor. His resurrection proved once and for all that He was indeed the Son of God. Every day we cross paths with someone who needs to hear the good news that the Lord saves. We can never fully plumb the depths of God’s character and attributes, but with every day and every experience we can discover new facets about God. May we share what the Lord has done in our own lives so that others might be drawn to him. Each of us can purpose to do that. The most powerful evangelism doesn’t take place within the four walls of a church building. It occurs as we share with others in our neighborhood and workplace the good news of what God has done for us individually and for the whole world in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ask God to bring people across your path today who need to hear the good news that God saves and that He loves them. And then ask Him for the compassion and courage to share the reason for your hope and to pray for those people.

Heavenly Father, I rejoice over the resurrection of your precious Son! I won’t forget what He has done for me. You sent him to earth and he was dishonored, but I pray that I will honor him by remembering the cross. I will acknowledge His sacrifice and celebrate His resurrection. Thank you that He burst from the tomb to live inside us. Lord Jesus, thank You for giving us life through Your resurrection. Thank You for drawing to Yourself those who need to believe and be saved from sin, and death, and hell, and anticipate the glorious resurrection that awaits those who love Christ. I
n Your mighty Name Above All Names—Risen Lord, we pray, amen.

Look Up—meditate on Luke 24:6

Look In
—as you meditate on Luke 24:6 pray to see how you might apply it to your life.

Look Out—as you meditate on
Luke 24:6 pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others.

Name Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical Names of Christ

Weekly LinkUps…


  1. Needed this reminder today.
    I'm working on "J" right now - Finding the verse to be a challenge. (Harder even than "H"!) But so worth the work!

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Michele! You will never know how much you encouraging comments bless my heart...when you shared that you are reading our book for the second time, slowly, and memorizing each of the 26 Scripture verses...all glory and honor and praise to our Lord Jesus Christ--the Name Above All Names--from whom ALL blessings flow...many blessings to you, sweet friend ❤️

  2. I'm so thankful for the resurrection! Thank you for pointing us to focus on it today.
    I was parked by you on Modest Mom. I shared your pins here:
    Hope you have a blessed day!

    1. Melanie, thank you so much for your encouragement! I so appreciate you sharing my pins...many blessings to you ❤️

  3. So grateful that our Lord is risen, has overcome death, and passes that power on to us. Thanks, Beth!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Holly! I so enjoy linking up with you at Testimony Tuesdays...many blessings to you ❤️

  4. Christ is risen indeed! If he had not, then we would have no reason to believe Him, but He did! May we take this truth and by our lives demonstrate His truth to others. Blessings! Thank you for sharing at #LMMLinkup!

    1. Gayl, amen! I so agree with you! Thanks so much for stopping by...many blessings to you ❤️

  5. Thinking and praying through the alphabet can be a great way to organize our prayers and praises. I believe we see this technique in some of the Psalms (like Psalm 119) which are acrostics based off the Hebrew alphabet. Thanks for sharing at the #LMMLinkup.

    1. Thank you so much for your helpful comments! I so agree with you...I have used these Names of Christ in my prayer time and suddenly had this memory...It was 1970… I had just been elected the first female student body president at Sebring High School. Early mornings before school I would walk across the street from our school to my church, the First Baptist Church of Sebring, where my friends and I would gather for prayer and Bible study. We would often sing a new chorus which had become popular that year by Bill & Gloria Gaither, “There’s Just Something About That Name.”

      Those memories and many more came flooding back to me this morning as I was praying, and that beautiful chorus came to my heart, and I began to sing it.

      Suddenly, the Names of Christ from my new book, “Name Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical Names of Christ” seemed to flow into the lyrics of that familiar song as I prayed and sang…

      Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
      There's just something about that Name

      Alpha & Omega, Bread of Life, Creator of all things
      Deliverer, Everlasting Father, Friend
      Good Shepherd, Healer, Immanuel

      Like the fragrance after the rain
      Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

      Lion of Judah, King of Kings, Light of the World
      Bright Morning Star, Name Above All Names, One God
      Prince of Peace, Unquenchable Love, Risen Lord

      Let all heaven and earth proclaim
      Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,

      Savior, Truth, Upholder of All Things
      The True Vine, Word of Life, Exalted One
      Yahweh, King of Zion, Jesus

      Kings and kingdoms shall all pass away
      But there's something about that Name.

      It felt like Jesus was walking and singing with me, wrapping His Loving Arms around me as I sang His Name with this heart-warming chorus…such a precious reminder that His Name is Immanuel—God with us, He will never leave us or forsake us…I trust Him with my eternal salvation…I trust Him with my next breath. Praise His Holy Name!


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