Jesus renames us, calls us His, and reminds us of our identity in Him. He says the same words to us as He said to Israel, “Fear not for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name you are mine” Isaiah 43 v 1.
We’re no longer defined by what we’ve done but by what he did. He has engraved you on the palms of his hands, yes Isaiah 49 v 16 says it, a beautiful foretelling of the cross.
Your name has been changed. You’re defined by God and His love now. Who are you? Because of the cross you are forgiven, redeemed, welcomed, loved. Because of the cross, he calls you “mine.” Because of Jesus, I’m called His.
Jesus gets the glory, I get grace.
Jesus is all the glory and I get the joy!