Oct
28

JESUS – Name Above All Names!

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Can you say “JESUS?” Go ahead…say it!! Aloud! Speak it softly and reverently! JESUS…JESUS…JESUS!

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”  Acts 4:12

As I write this article I am remembering last Wednesday. This was a verse that touched all of us that morning at “Serendipity” Bible Study. It is the answer to every false worldview statement that is being thrown at us. And it is more powerful than anything in the universe! THE NAME OF JESUS! Pay close attention to how Luke wrote this verse, nothing was left to chance. There is salvation in no one else…nobody else…there isn’t even any other name ANYWHERE UNDER HEAVEN…no name that has ever been given to any man, anywhere…by which you can receive entrance to eternal life!!! ONLY THE NAME OF JESUS! WOW!!!

We have youth in this congregation that are not afraid to stand on this precious Name. Some of them are involved in sports and are not afraid, or ashamed, to bend their knee and honor Jesus before a game. Are they being made fun of? Yes! Others are sharing their faith in Jesus with classmates and know that they are ridiculed behind their backs.

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”  Acts 4:13

This is what we saw at bible study! Peter and John are just plain ordinary men… like us and like our youth.  They aren’t afraid to lift up the Name of the Lord, Jesus. He is the ONLY WAY! It isn’t enough to say we believe in God. Many different religions can say that (“The term ‘god” doesn’t  always mean the GOD that we know, the One who created the universe).  Jesus Christ is the Name that saves us. Politically correct? Absolutely not!  Say it again anyway…come on…don’t be afraid! “He who acknowledges me before man, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven!” SALVATION! ETERNAL LIFE!

We will celebrate Thanksgiving this month. What are we thankful for… family, food, friends, good lives, places to live, a place to worship? What about hardship? What about suffering? Those things will come. They will come when we use His Name. But He has called us to be His children. He will care for us!

Let us be THANKFUL for the One who gave up everything for us. Let us be THANKFUL that no matter what the world throws at us…He will never leave us! Let us be THANKFUL that no matter what we do, or what we have done, we are forgiven and loved by Him. Let us be THANKFUL in the freedom to yet be able to speak the Name, Jesus!

Come to us, Jesus, and teach us to be thankful for Your strength in us, Your love for us, and Your Salvation that receives us!

In JESUS NAME! Amen

Pastor Gail