I don’t need to say whose name, do I?
Refreshingly, Will and Kate don’t seem to have come up with one, which tends to suggest they will choose one that seems right to them when they have got more of a feel for this youngster, who greeted the waiting world with his waving fingers.
As soon as we have a name, it will make connections with the past, or perhaps force us to look into the future, if it is a name that is not being royally recycled.
Names, voices, accents, appearances – all these things lead us to mentally make judgements, lodge impressions, begin to seed expectations – and if unchecked, lead to negative profiling.
We won’t be able to avoid it. Hopefully we will choose to be gracious, which is the way God is honoured.
Two thousand years ago the Word could not be named in any other way than Jesus as he became flesh.
It is not a label, it is the means by which we are rescued and changed. You have to meet the one who bears the name yourself to comprehend why.
Jesus, the name high over all. Angels and men before it fall, and devils fear and fly.