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What's not in a name?

"I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True..." Revelation 19.11

As his great vision draws to a climax, the apostle John describes the appearance of Jesus as a conquering hero and applies another soubriquet "Faithful and True". Yet in the very next verse he adds "He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself." Does that make Jesus both known and anonymous? Hardly. In Cruden's Concordance, published in 1737, no less than 198 names and titles are ascribed to Jesus. The point that John is making is that we shall never cover all Jesus' attributes and, though he comes among us as a brother, in his transcendent glory we shall never know him completely - as befits the one who is both fully human and fully divine: Emmanuel, God with us.



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