Amazing Grace: 366 Hymn Stories

December 5

Jean Perry, 1865–1935
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. (Matthew 1:21)
There is no name so sweet on earth, no name so sweet in heaven,
The name, before His wondrous birth, to Christ the Savior given.
—George W. Bethune
There are many wonderful names and titles ascribed to Christ throughout the Bible. A study of these titles is not only interesting but also important since each name reveals an insight into our Lord’s character. Ivor Powell, in his book Bible Names of Christ (Kregel Publications), discusses 80 different titles including:
Counselor— Isaiah 9:6
Emmanuel—Matthew 1:23
Helper—Hebrews 13:6
Messiah—Daniel 9:25
Judge—John 5:22
Rose of Sharon—Song of Solomon 2:1
Sun of Righteousness—Malachi 4:2
But the sweetest name of all to every believer is Jesus. When He was eight days old, Mary’s infant Son was circumcised and given the Hebrew name Joshua (Jesus in Greek), which literally means “the Lord saves.” And the Scriptures affirm without qualification that “there is no other name given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
“That Beautiful Name” first appeared in The Voice of Thanksgiving, No. 2, a hymnal published in 1916 especially for use at the Moody Bible Institute. The hymn has since found a place in the affections of Christian people everywhere.
I know of a Name, a beautiful Name, that angels brought down to earth; they whispered it low, one night long ago, to a maiden of lowly birth.
I know of a Name, a beautiful Name, that unto a Babe was giv’n; the stars glittered bright thruout that glad night, and angels praised God in heav’n.
The One of that Name my Savior became, my Savior of Calvary; my sins nailed Him there; my burdens He bare; He suffered all this for me.
I love that blest Name, that wonderful Name, made higher than all in heav’n; ’twas whispered, I know, in my heart long ago—to Jesus my life I’ve giv’n.
Chorus: That beautiful Name, that beautiful Name from sin has pow’r to free us! That beautiful Name, that wonderful Name, that matchless Name is Jesus

    For Today: Matthew 10:32; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 2:9–11; Hebrews 1:4

Raise your voice in praise and worship to the One who was given to save us from our sins. Sing as you go—

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