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Tee Shirt -  Name Above Every Name (International Evangelism)

I'm thrilled to present this missions-minded tee shirt.  Jesus commanded that His name be declared to all nations.  "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations" (Mt. 28:19).  The message of salvation was not to remain with the Jews alone.  Jesus was the Jewish Messiah, but Savior of the world.  Roughly 2.78 billion people or 41 percent of the world’s population can read the name of Jesus on this shirt in their native language.  This shirt has an internationally recognized message and is a conversation piece!  

You may be asking, Will these shirts create conversations?  YES!  Absolutely, yes!  I wore my new tee shirt on a flight to Alaska and had two people ask me what my shirt said.  When was the last time you had strangers interrupt you to ask what your shirt meant?  Each conversation expanded to include an additional person.  In the first case, the conversation was carried by two cheerful women named Barbara and Joanna who allowed me a platform for proclaiming the lordship of Christ to them and a relatively trapped audience of passengers ahead of us and behind us in the jetway (i.e., the boarding bridge that connects the gate to the plane).  In response, several others listened as I confidently spoke of Christ's sacrificial first advent as the Lamb and Christ's return as the conquering Lion in His second advent.  It was a real honor to speak of the hope we have in Christ.  Barbara and Joanna were beaming with smiles!  I could easily tell you of several other conversations that have come from this shirt.  Please familiarize yourself with the shirt by reading below so that you're ready to give skillful representation of Christ.


Front Side

"Jesus" appears in eight foreign languages:
Mandarin Chinese (top left), Russian, 
Ancient Hebrew, 
Greek (center word), 
Arabic, Hindi, 
Bengali, and Japanese (bottom right). 

Learn the International 
Significance of the Front

Back Side

“Therefore God also has
highly exalted Him and
given Him the name which
is above every name, that at
the name of JESUS
every knee should bow,
of those in heaven, and
of those on earth, and
of those under the earth, and
that every tongue
should confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of
God the Father.”
—Paul of Tarsus (Php. 2:9-11)

Learn the Theological 
Significance of the Back

Color:  Sand 38C with a Similar Ink Tone of for a Tone-on-Tone Effect
Type:  Gildan Activewear Heavy Weight Cotton - 100% Cotton Preshrunk
Sizes:  Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large.  All sizes are adult sizes.

"Name Above Every Name"   Tee Shirt by Balancing the Sword  - Front This shirt now has blue offset overlay.

"Name Above Every Name"   Tee Shirt by Balancing the Sword  - Front CloseThis shirt now has blue offset overlay.

"Name Above Every Name"   Tee Shirt by Balancing the Sword  - Back

"Name Above Every Name"   Tee Shirt by Balancing the Sword  - Back Close

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Front Side

The “Name Above Every Name” tee shirt possess much meaning.  On the front of this tee shirt the name “Jesus” appears in eight foreign languages.  The languages from left to right and from top to bottom are as follows:  Mandarin Chinese (top left), Russian, Hebrew, Greek (center word), Arabic, Hindi, Bengali, and Japanese (bottom right).  The Hebrew and Greek used are the classical, biblical versions.  The Arabic used is the version from the Christian Arabic Bible.

These are among the most popular languages in the world.  The estimated world populations which speak these languages listed in order of popularity are as follows: 

Language Percent of World Population as First Language Characters
Mandarin Chinese 13.22% 897,638,000 Mandarin Chinese for Jesus - Jesus in Mandarin Chinese Characters
Arabic 3.12% 211,848,000 Arabic for Jesus - Jesus in Arabic Characters
Hindi 2.74% 186,046,000 Hindi for Jesus - Jesus in Hindi Characters
Bengali 2.59% 175,861,000 Bengali for Jesus - Jesus in Bengali Characters
Russian 2.20% 149,380,000 Russian for Jesus - Jesus in Russian Characters
Japanese 1.85% 125,615,000 Japanese for Jesus - Jesus in Japanese Characters
Greek 0.22% 15,000,000 Greek for Jesus - Jesus in Greek Characters
Ancient Hebrew 0.10% 7,000,000 Hebrew for Jesus - Jesus in Hebrew Characters
Primary Source: CIA World Factbook (combining the 2005 percentages with the 2009 population estimations)
Hebrew Source:  Wikipedia
Greek Source:  Wikipedia

Although Hebrew and Greek are spoken by a relatively small percent of people, these are the ancient languages of the Sacred Scripture which the Creator elected to use when communicating with mankind.

English represents 4.68 percent of the world as a primary language (and many more as a secondary language).  The name of Jesus is spelled J-E-S-U-S in Spanish, Portuguese, Deutsch (or, German), and French with the possible exception of a slight modification such as an accent mark.  These languages represent another 10.21 percent of the world’s population.  There are about 6.8 billion people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau (Source).  Therefore, roughly 2.78 billion people or 41 percent of the world’s population can read the name of Jesus on this shirt in their primary language.  This shirt has a internationally recognized message!

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Back Side

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Php. 2:9-11).

These are some of the most triumphant words ever penned.  In these verses, Paul taught us the supremacy of the name of Jesus Christ.  In the Old Testament, YHWH was the highest of all names.  Now the highest of names is Jesus, for God gave Jesus “the name which is above every name” (Php. 2:9).

Aaron as High Priest.  You will notice a crown above the text and world map.  The band of the crown has the inscription, “HOLINESS TO THE LORD.”  This phrase comes from Exodus 28:36-38 which is the passage that taught the children of Israel how to make the holy garments of the high priest Aaron (i.e., Moses’ older brother).  Specifically, the Israelites were instructed to “make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD” (v. 36).  The gold plate was to be attached to the front of the high priest’s mitre (or, turban) using “a blue lace” (v. 37).  This plate was so “that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD” (cf., Ex. 39:30). 

Christ as High Priest. Today, eternal reconciliation is found in our “mediator of the new testament”—Jesus Christ the righteous who purifies “our hearts ... and our bodies” (Heb. 9:15; 10:21-22).  “Jesus the Son of God” is our “merciful and faithful” “great high priest” “to make reconciliation for the sins of the people” (Heb. 2:17; 4:14).  “[T]he Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus” (Heb. 3:1) who was made “after the power of an endless life” (Heb. 7:16), continues forever because He has “an unchangeable priesthood” by an eternal “oath.”  Therefore, Jesus is “a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec” (Heb. 7:16-17, 20-21, 24; cf., Heb. 5:6, 10; 6:20; 7:17). 

King and Priest. In that Jesus came after the priestly order of Melchisedec, Jesus is both “king of Salem” and “priest of the most high God,” for “King of Salem, ... is, King of peace” who “abideth a priest continually” (Heb. 7:1-3).  That is, Christ reigns “as king” and intercedes as “an high priest” for us as He sits “on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens” (Heb. 7:25; 8:1; cf., Heb. 10:12).

Prophecies of Kingship.  The prophets predicted that Israel’s ultimate King would come through David.  God’s promised through Isaiah, “I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David” (Isa. 55:3).  This promise was affirmed through the prophetic voice of Jeremiah:  “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth” (Jer. 23:5; cf., Jer. 30:9).  Hosea also conveyed the promise of the coming of “David their king” (Hos. 3:5).

Prophecies of Priestly Shepherd.  Zechariah 13:7 foretold that the coming shepherd would be assaulted.  Micah 5:1-4 also prophesied that the ruling shepherd from Bethlehem would be hit “with a rod upon the cheek.”  Ezekiel’s prophecy very clearly combined the role of David as being kingly and priestly.  “[M]y servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.  And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them ...” (Eze. 34:23-24; cf., Eze. 37:22, 24-25). 

Jesus Fulfills Kingly and Priestly Roles.  Will David, the son of Jesse, be the king and shepherd over Israel?  No.  Just as Elijah is the substitute for John the Baptist (Mal. 4:5-6; Lk. 1:13-17; Mt. 17:11-13), the reference to David is the substitute for “Jesus Christ, the son of David” (Mt. 1:1).  Doctor Luke unriddled this mystery in his gospel account writing, “JESUS ... shall be called the Son of the Highest:  and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Lk. 1:31-33).  Regarding the coming Shepherd, Jesus explained, “I am the good shepherd” (Jn. 10:11, 14; cf., Heb. 13:20; 1Pe. 5:4).

Infinity.  The crown symbolizes Christ’s reign as King Eternal.  You will notice there are seven symbols of infinity.  Seven is a number of completion (e.g., seven days in the week).  The infinity symbol recognizes that Christ is “the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End ... who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8; cf., Rev. 1:4, 11, 17; 2:8; 4:8; 21:6; 22:13).

Stars.  There are seven stars on the crown.  These stars represent the seven stars mentioned in the book of Revelation as being in Christ’s “right hand” (Rev. 1:16; 2:1; 3:1).  Jesus Christ explained the mystery of the stars to the apostle John saying, “The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches” (Rev. 1:20).  The angels were historical beings, and the churches were historical assemblies.  The messages given to the angels were for the churches.  The angels and their churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 also appear to be symbolic of churches in general under the new covenant of grace. 

Glory to Christ and Reigning with Christ.  As portrayed by the stars in the crown on this shirt, the Church of Jesus Christ should be as jewels of glory for our Lord.  We, as the saints purchased by blood, should shine before a watching world to exalt our Lord and Savior above all gods “in praise, and in name, and in honour” just as He did for Israel and does for the New Testament Bride—the Church (Dt. 26:19).  As His saints, we “shall judge the world” (1Co. 6:2; cf., Ps. 49:14; Da. 7:18, 22; Mt. 19:28; Jude 14-15; Rev. 2:26-27; 3:21; 20:4).  It is, therefore, appropriate that the stars representing the churches be set within the crown.

World Map.  Jesus’ reign is not limited to those who love Him and who currently submit to His authority.  Jesus is not simply the King over the angels and the Christians.  Jesus is the Sovereign over all the created order “that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible” (Col. 1:16).  And, one day, every tongue—every individual person who has ever been or ever will be conceived—will confess that “Jesus Christ is Lord” (that is, Ruler) in their respective languages.

Allen B. Wolfe
© May 2009

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