Why is it that the name of Jesus holds so much power?
Sitting in church this morning (1/15/17), I was thinking about this — that the name of Jesus itself holds so much power. I considered: “Why?”
What is it about the name?
The name Jesus means Jehovah Saves.
No other name has or ever will be able to save anyone from their sins. That’s the power of His name!
His name means release — freedom from all that entangles the soul and spirit and the sound of the clanking of shackles as they hit the ground…
His name means the sound of peace — peace that transcends down into the soul and that has no contingency upon the things that surround its environment or circumstances.
His name is the sound of joy — sound that reverberates in sound waves from absolute release and ecstasy of spirit.
His name is the sound of death melting away and the explosion of “true” life!
His name is the full expression of the Father’s heart as seen in Jesus, the Son — the sound of absolute, unconditional love.
9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 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, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
When you study Jesus, you either hate Him because He is the diametric opposite of selfishness, greed, and pride (human nature) or you love Him because you see a heart of love that always seeks to give, heal, save, and restore.
What we often forget is that by knowing Jesus, we know the Father.
So often, God The Father is perceived as cold, removed, harsh, but in reality, Jesus reveals what the heart of God is like. He is forgiving, healing, life-restoring, impartial, just, humble, truth-speaking, and willing to sacrifice His best for us!
The Father Revealed
7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Then they said to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.”
38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe[a] that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”
3 And these things they will do to you[a] because they have not known the Father nor Me.
22 All[a] things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”
27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
As we consider the name of Jesus may we be challenged to examine what the name of Jesus means to us personally?
His name is the dividing ground because it reveals what’s in our hearts and forces us to make a choice. It is a choice to identify with a name that never sought the popularity of public opinion nor to gratify selfish desires but who calls us to Himself. He calls us to Himself in a way that means we need to let go of the self-motivating disguises for being religious or the self-serving reasons for turning away and following our own pursuits.
Jesus means we simply come as we are — in all of our brokenness and woundedness. We leave it all behind — every sinful pleasure and every selfish ambition, and we enter into the life and inheritance, promised and fulfilled in Jesus!