Fulfilled in Jesus

Our pilgrimage with our Beloved in Japan -- Yoko & Ramone on the journey with Jesus!

Monday, January 15, 2007

His name is...

Top left - Yoko's sister Michi taking pictures; Center - Yoko's mother Kayoko (accidentally too large); Right - Yoko's father Takayoshi taking the news in a reserved way (but we knew he was touched); Bottom left - Yoko explaining the names we're giving our son

On January 1st we got to tell Yoko's parents what we named our boy --

Timothy Tsuyoshi Romero

(He's due on March 13th, 2007, by the way)...

There's a lot of story behind the names, and I fear I'll only get to tell a little of it here. We're very thankful for all the ways God has blessed us & others through this child and his name! God already knew our boy's name, but we had to pray and search for awhile. We were suprised when my first idea for an English name came back, "Timothy" -- which means "honors God" in Biblical Greek.

For his Japanese name we chose "Tsuyoshi", but used a new character for the name. We wanted to translate "Gabriel", the name of my brother (and my father & late-grandfather), and which means "Strong man of God" in Hebrew. But the character for "strong" (tsuyoi) was too strong for a name. So we searched for another character...

The character Yoko is writing in the picture above can be pronounced "yoshi", and is often used in names. It is used as the second character in her father's name, "Takayoshi", which can be seen on the right in this picture:

Tsuyoshi & Takayoshi

Bending the rules a little, we put "tsu" in front of it when pronouncing it. In this way we could translate "Gabriel" and use a character from Yoko's father's name to do it.

The meaning of that character is beautiful: righteousness, justice, and sometimes substitution. As we considered it, Yoko wrote it a few times and noticed that the top part of the character is "lamb" and the bottom part is "me".

"Lamb" over "me" = "righteousness"

The Gospel in a name.

Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now He has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation.

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view... Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them... God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

Oh! And "Romero" means "pilgrim" in Spanish... and how true that's been of my life and all of ours!


  • At January 15, 2007 5:42 PM, Blogger Ramone said…

    Oh, these verses are also very nice:

    But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus...

    For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."

    And all of Psalm 84 is nice for "pilgrims". (^_^)

  • At January 22, 2007 2:38 AM, Blogger Eric said…

    Oh Ramone, i'm so excited for you and Yoko and for Timothy Tsuyoshi Romero! The meaning of his name and how it came to be has touched me tremendously this morning. The sound of his name and it's meaning and seeing the written characters leads me to worshipping His name - the One, Jesus!

    I praise God this morning! I pray a blessing over your family. May your son's presence in people's lives continue to direct their attention and to gaze their eyes upon our Savior!

    Looking forward to March!

  • At January 30, 2007 8:38 PM, Anonymous Erin said…

    hello fellow artist :) i'm so excited for you! and when i read about the name of your boy, i wanted to cry because God is so beautiful! Lamb over me. and that is his identity. :D God is so good, isn't He?


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