No Sweeter Name

Jesus.

A name with a variety of thoughts, connotations, and feelings attached to it. In our culture, we hear the name used in slang or as a swear word. The name evokes opinions and thoughts as to who He was in history and, for Christians, what He means to them presently.

Many of us have grown up our whole lives hearing this name, whether it was in a church setting or in passing conversations.

We pulled into the village, unloaded our belongings at our hut compound and began to walk around meeting our new neighbors.

The desert sand was soft underneath my worn out sandals as they pressed down with each step sinking. Step after step we approached a smaller cluster of huts to introduce ourselves.

“Hi, my name is Abigail. I am from America and we are going to live in your village this summer to tell you about Jesus.” I spouted off in her language joyfully as I met the apprehensive villager staring back at me.

“Who?”

“Jesus.”

“Who is Jesus?” she replied quizzically.

To which I responded with astonishment in my heart and a gentleness in my tone, “Jesus, the son of God?”

This name evoked an unexpected response in her; the look on her face was confusion as to who in the world I was talking about.

She had never heard the name.

In her simple question of “Who is Jesus?” was the first time her mouth had ever spoken that name or that word.

That’s why we were there.

Jesus tells us to go to the ends of the earth sharing His name, His gospel, and His redemptive story with all people. A name some in our culture have taken for granted or dismissed in normalcy is a name many have never heard or said in difficult-to-reach places in this world.

This moment reinforced the burden of my heart to share the story of Jesus with all people.

If you haven’t tried, maybe today is the day to ask one of your friends, co-workers, or neighbors what their opinion of Jesus is. Maybe today is the day to share His story and His gospel of grace with hearts who have not encountered the depth of His name.

 

 

Abi Khavari traveled the world, writing for a non-profit agency in the Middle East. She now lives in Colorado, got married recently, and is earning her masters degree in counseling.

 

 

 

 

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