Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Name

June 17, 2010 by  
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As a child, I can remember feeling picked on because I was adopted.  I was different.  Our family was like a patchwork quilt with no resemblance between parents and children.  It was almost as if I had a sign stamped on my forehead:  “PECULIAR!”

Today, I look back on that and wonder if perhaps God was preparing me for a “peculiar” life with Him.  The fact is, however, that everyone who names the name of Jesus Christ is indeed peculiar.  We stand out from the crowd.  Our lives bear the fragrance of His presence.

And because of Him—the One we love most, the world hates us.

Have you noticed that even when there is so much negative talk about the display Christianity in public (i.e., posting the Ten Commandments in public, the Crosses in cemeteries, the Nativity in public places, praying publicly in the name of Jesus, etc.), that all attention is actually focused on Him?  The very fact that the world hates Him so much draws attention to Him.  How can one hate whom they do not acknowledge as a threat?  Think about it!  His name is truly above any other name and He will receive glory from all that is meant for evil.  The enemy hates Him.  But by propagating that hatred, he still draws attention to Jesus—the Lord remains the focal point.  The name of Jesus is still being heard.

So, share the name of Jesus.  Share the wonderful name often.  Share the love of Jesus in thought, word and deed with family, friends, and associates.  Don’t be ashamed.  Speak the name of Jesus, the wonderful, magnificent, powerful name of Jesus.

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  (Philippians 2:11)

Jesus, what a wonderful name!

Jesus, the name above all names!

Jesus, the lover of my soul!

Jesus, God incarnate!

Jesus, the Word become flesh!

Jesus, by whose name we are saved!

Jesus, the victorious King!

Jesus, the risen Lord!

Oh my!  Jesus, there is no other name so sweet in any language.  No other name bears the power and authority as the name of Jesus.  No other name but Jesus can set the captive free, save the sin-sick soul, heal the brokenhearted, break the chains of bondage … no other name but Jesus.

Jesus…He’s no longer a tiny babe in a lowly manger; He’s a victorious King ruling over all of creation.

Jesus…He’s no longer the child the wisemen seek, He’s the Lord that ALL wise men and women seek.

Jesus…He’s no longer dead in a tomb, He’s the risen Lord sitting at the right hand of the Father making intercession for you and me.

Jesus…He’s the focus of all attention.

Jesus…He’s the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.

Jesus…He’s the Victorious Sovereign King over all.

Jesus…at His feet every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord.

Father, as I think about the most ultimate Gift ever given, I long to share the story of Jesus and His love with all.  Father, help me to open my mouth and share from my heart.  Pour Your love through me to all with whom I speak.  Father, I thank You for Jesus, I thank You for a revelation of Who He is. Help me to spread the news abroad that Jesus is no longer in the manger and no longer in the grave.  Rather, He is seated in at Your right hand as Lord over all creation and at His feet every knee shall bow and every mouth confess that He is Lord.  I just can’t thank You enough for Jesus, that wonderful, beautiful, and powerful name.  Amen and Amen.

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth” (Philippians 2:10)

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