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TITLES OF JESUS

 

Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.

 

Question: What are some of the names, titles or designations in the Bible that refer to Jesus? Are there many that refer to Him as a shepherd?

 

Answer: The Scriptures use numerous names, titles or designations to describe Jesus, His qualities and the various ways in which He acts for God and His people: God’s Logos (John 1: 1), the Firstborn of every creature (Colossians 1: 15), the Angel of the LORD (Psalm 34: 7), His Anointed (Psalm 2: 2; 45: 7), His Servant (Isaiah 42: 1; 52: 13), Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9: 6), Son of the Highest (Luke 1: 32), Savior (Luke 2: 11), Immanuel (Isaiah 7: 14) (Matthew 1: 23), Lamb of God (John 1: 29), the Branch (Zechariah 3: 8; 6: 12), Alpha and Omega (Revelation 21: 6; 22: 13), the Amen (Revelation 3: 14), the Author and Finisher of our Faith (Hebrews 12: 2), the Second Man, the Last Adam (1 Corinthians 15: 45-47), that Prophet (Acts 3: 22, 23), the Captain of our Salvation (Hebrews 2: 10), Lord of lords, King of kings (Revelation 17: 14; 19: 16), Bridegroom (John 3: 29), Advocate (1 John 2: 1), Mediator (1 Timothy 2: 5), Shiloh (Genesis 49: 10), Apostle and High Priest (Hebrews 3: 1), Morning Star (Revelation 22: 16), Day Star (2 Peter 1: 19), Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4: 2), Chief Corner Stone (Ephesians 2: 20) (1 Peter 2: 6), Faithful Witness (Revelation 1: 5; 3: 14), the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14: 6), the Bread of Life (John 6: 35), the Light of the World (John 8: 12; 9: 5), Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Revelation 5: 5), Lord of All (Acts 10: 36), Lord of Glory (1 Corinthians 2: 8), etc.

 

Many Scriptures refer to Jesus as a shepherd: that Great Shepherd (Hebrews 13: 20), and the Good Shepherd (John 10: 14). In Genesis 49: 24 He is prophetically called “the shepherd, the stone of Israel.” As the Arm of the Lord God, Jesus will “feed his flock like a shepherd” (Isaiah 40: 10, 11); and as God’s Agent, Jesus does everything that is described of the shepherd in relationship to the flock as set forth in Psalm 23. God called Cyrus, a type of Christ, His “shepherd” and His “anointed,” and then foretells some of the things that he would do, and that Christ as His Cyrus (the word means sun, typifying the Sun of Righteousness – Malachi 4: 2) will accomplish on a far grander scale (Isaiah 44: 28-45: 6).

 

Jesus is called the Shepherd and Bishop (Overseer) of souls (1 Peter 2: 25); as antitypical David (Beloved) Jesus “shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd (Ezekiel 34: 23, 24; 37: 24). In 1 Peter 5: 4 He is called the Chief Shepherd – the Apostles, prophets and pastors in the Church being undershepherds. In Zechariah 13: 7 He is spoken of as God’s Shepherd against whom the sword would arise (which occurred at His arrest in Gethsemane) and who would be smitten for the sheep (which occurred during the last 13 hours of His life). As the Good Shepherd He gave His life for the sheep (John 10: 11).

 

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