Recently my husband had an experience with the name of Jesus. While witnessing to a friend who is familiar with Tony’s beliefs, Tony used the name “Jesus”. What occurred stunned my man greatly; The man who in former times seemed to be softening towards the LORD, and therefore the truth, his face became like stone, and after pronouncing the “end” of the conversation, he marched angrily away.
The name of Jesus is a dividing name. It determines a lot of who the person is. People can talk about God all day, because we are in America, you know, and every “god” under the sun has been accepted. However, I am thankful to know that we have a God who is over the sun, and has sent His Son to die for you and I so that we might glorify Him!
This morning as well as yesterday, I read several passages about Jesus. When I read yesterday, I had a lump in my throat from the emotions soaring through me. This morning, I want to shout! I want to dance! Christ has made the WAY!
1. He has always been.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
2. He became flesh.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”)
3.Through Him we receive grace and truth.
16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
4. He has qualified us.
Colossians 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
5. He has delivered us from and delievered us to!
13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
6. We have forgiveness through His blood.
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
7. He is our picture of the Father.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
8. He sustains ALL.
17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
9. He is our standard.
Philippians 2:5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
10. That NAME.
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
There really is so much more I desire to say, but due to time constraints, I cannot. My prayer is that we will shout the name of Jesus today, through our lives and mouths and not be ashamed to declare Who He is to a lost and dying world that is, as my husband said the other night, “racing to hell!”