2/12: Say My Name
The singing group Destiny’s Child had a hit single entitled “Say My Name.” In it, a woman is accusing her man of having another woman with him while he is talking to her on the phone. She questions why he won’t call her “Baby” nor say “I love you,” like he usually does. She wonders why he won’t say her name. She can tell in his voice that there has been a “sudden change.”
Although that song reflects a negative situation, the woman’s sentiment has a point. We sense that people really know and care about us when they remember our name and call us by it. In fact, we get all out of sorts when someone calls us out of our name. And we even know how someone feels about us by the way they say our name.
Such was Mary Magdalene’s experience on the morning of the Resurrection. She recognized the risen Savior by the characteristic way He said her name. The story is precious:
- But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
- She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”
- Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
- She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”
- Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
- She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher). John 20:11-16 (NKJ)
We will never find Jesus in a situation in which He would be preoccupied with someone else, unable to attend to us, or reluctant to say our name. In fact, He has given us new names. We are “the righteousness of God in Christ,” “the salt of the earth,” “the light of the world,” and “wheat,” just to name a few.
So the next time you are feeling alone, afraid, alienated, or accused by the enemy of our souls, call out to God. Say His name, and if you listen very closely, you’ll clearly hear Him say your name in connection with His invitation that bids you, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, KJV).
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