John M. Fowler

editor-at-large, Adventist Review

​What’s in Your Name?

“What is your name?” (Gen. 32:27).

Murder, burglary, robbery, rape—these were part of his routine. In his life of crime, law meant little, life had no reverence, and love was null and void. His movements were swift; his methods crude. He topped the rogues’ gallery in police stations, and carried the distinction of being “most wanted.”

But one day he was arrested, charged, and locked up for good. Everyone heaved a sigh of relief. But some, including me, could not escape the cruel irony of his name and his character. His name was Yesurathinam, “Jesus’ own diamond.”

What’s in a name? Perhaps not much, …

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