My son, Jude, and a quick story behind his name

This is an interruption of our regularly scheduled broadcast to introduce to you my son, Jude Matthew!

Born on July 2nd, 2014, at 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and stretching 20 inches. So far, he has his mother’s complexion and her dark blue eyes. We’ll see how long that lasts :-)

Mama is healthy and happy.

Jude has a bit of a two-fold meaning for us.

One, it means “Praise.” We want God to draw forth praise from this young fellas life.

Second, Jude refers to a short letter at the end of the New Testament, written by the half-brother of Jesus.

Jude (along with other brother, James) didn’t believe in some of the outlandish claims that Jesus was making at first (John 7:5). But after they saw Him resurrected from the dead, they believed in Him even to the point of death.

I thought it fascinating that in each of the letters Jude and James wrote about Jesus, they didn’t even bother to mention their physical relationship to Him; they were content to refer to themselves as “a slave of Jesus Christ” (Jude 1). Perhaps this was revealing of the worshipful reverence these former skeptics now had for the risen Lord.

Jude penned one of my favorite verses in the Bible…

Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen. – Jude 1:24-25


About Lazo

Lazo is the pastor for preaching and vision at Reality SB where he is committed to challenging Santa Barbara's independence by calling the city to follow Jesus. You might like these blog posts, 5 Wrong Ways To Comfort Hurting Peoples, or Daisy Love and the Magic Eraser. You can follow Chris on twitter at @LazoChris.

Posted on July 5, 2014, in personal, realitysb. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. What a beautiful name and reflection of your faith and slavery to Jesus! Dennis and I would like to congratulate you and Brianna (and Abby, of course) on the birth of your precious son. Wishing you many years of remarkable joy and love!


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