Proverbs 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
I found myself humming and signing an old chorus the other day while working on a project around the yard. ♪ ♬♩ What a lovely name, the name of Jesus. Reaching higher far, than the brightest star. Sweeter than the songs they sing in heaven. Let the world proclaim, what a lovely name.♫♪
God the Father loves the name of Jesus because it is through Jesus we have been reconciled and restored into relationship with God Almighty. God admonishes us to do more than pay lip service to Jesus, but to actually listen to what Jesus says. Matt. 17:5 While Peter was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him!” Listen to Him is the emphatic instruction given to us because Jesus knows what the Father wants out of our hearts and lives; therefore, pay attention to Jesus and what He says.
The name of Jesus can stir incredible reactions within people, whether positive or negative. What an amazing statement Peter makes addressing the most religious law keeping scribes, elders, and rulers at the time. Acts 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Peter closes his statement with “Neither is there salvation in any other name.” Think about it. The world at that time had gods galore and belief aplenty and God brings to earth one name that can save and do all and beyond any other name imaginable. Jesus is the name above all names, and there is no salvation in any other name. Phil. 2:9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The power in the name of Jesus was evident while Jesus walked the earth. The Lord had sent out his disciples to minister and deliver people from the bondage and possession of the devil. These disciples came back in the joy of the Lord expressing wonder at the power of Jesus’ name. Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject unto us through your name. What a change from the dry and ineffectual religions of the day.
In the name of Jesus people were healed, encouraged, and delivered from demonic influences. This caused arguments and debates as to if Jesus had any spiritual authenticity. Then with a resounding declaration Jesus declares, “He is God.” John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Mark 14: 61 But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? 62 And Jesus said, I am: and you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
What an amazing name the name of Jesus. Within the name of Jesus is the whole plan for man that we would be holy and blameless in Him. Eph. 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. No other name in history can do or accomplish what Jesus did for us on the cross as He became the only sacrifice that God the Father would accept as acceptable for all the sins of mankind.
A name above all others. A name I can put my heart, soul, and trust in without fear of being rejected. Oh, Lord Jesus, how wonderful is your name who heals the sick, who calms the storms, who delivers from destruction, and who saves unto eternity. Truly Jesus is the beginning and the end. Rev. 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for all you have done for me. I am truly grateful.
♪ ♬♩ What a lovely name, the name of Jesus. Reaching higher far, than the brightest star. Sweeter than the songs they sing in heaven. Let the world proclaim, what a lovely name.♫♪