8. The Eighth Day of Christmas: The Holy Name of Jesus – Jesus! “Name of wondrous love!”
“On the eighth day after his birth, a Jewish boy is circumcised and named. Until then he has no identity, either as a member of a community or as an individual. Circumcision binds him by blood to God and makes him a member of God’s covenant community. The name he is given is more than a calling card: it expresses his true identity. “Jesus” is the Human Name of God above.”
From Wikipedia: “The name Jesus is a Greco-Roman derivation of the Hebrew name Yeshua, which is based on the Semitic root y-š-ʕ (Hebrew: ישע), meaning “to deliver; to rescue.” Yeshua, and its longer form, Yehoshua, were both in common use by Jews during the Second Temple period and many Jewish religious figures bear the name, notably Jesus in the New Testament, and Joshua in the Hebrew Bible.”
Hymn Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH9E7AKY73Q
1 Jesus! Name of wondrous love,
Name all other names above,
Unto which must ev’ry knee
Bow in deep humility.
2 Jesus! Name decreed of old,
To the maiden mother told,
Kneeling in her lowly cell,
By the angel Gabriel.
3 Jesus! Name of priceless worth
To the fallen sons of earth
For the promise that it gave,
“Jesus shall His people save.”
4 Jesus! Name of mercy mild,
Given to the holy Child
When the cup of human woe
First He tasted here below.
5 Jesus! Only name that’s giv’n
Under all the mighty heav’n
Whereby those to sin enslaved
Burst their fetters and are saved.
6 Jesus! Name of wondrous love,
Human name of God above;
Pleading only this, we flee
Helpless, 0 our God, to Thee.
Source: Lutheran Service Book #900