The Name is Jesus.
You can speak whatever other name, and people have no problem with it. But when it comes to praying in his name, the dispute about it has reached all the way to US Supreme Court.
Why such controversy over a name?
Because there is power in the name of Jesus!
Joseph, Jesus earthly father, was instructed to give him that name. “You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. … He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end” (Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:32,33).
Jesus is THE NAME for salvation.
“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved… for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Rom 10:9,10,13).
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
There is authority and promise in Jesus’ name:
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13,14).
There is healing power in Jesus’ name:
“Then Peter said [to a crippled beggar], ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’ Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. … By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see” (Acts 3:6-8,16)
By humbling himself to be obedient, even to the death on the cross to save you and me, God has exalted him to the highest place. Jesus’ name is THE NAME.
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross! 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 confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).
- Speak JESUS’ name.
- Believe in JESUS’ name.
- Confess JESUS’ name.
- Call on JESUS’ name.
- Proclaim JESUS’ name.
- Pray in JESUS’ name.
- Shout JESUS’ name.
- Be bold in JESUS’ name.
- Suffer for JESUS’ name.
It doesn’t bother people to talk about God. They don’t mind praying to God. The opposition comes in the mention of JESUS’ name, because that’s the name for salvation and deliverance.
From the very start people had problems with THE NAME. The apostles in Jerusalem were persecuted because of their belief in Jesus and the proclamation of his Name. But they rejoiced because they were counted worthy of suffering disgrace for THE NAME. Jesus said about Saul, the future great Apostle Paul, “I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” Jesus said to the church in Ephesus, “You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.”
There is no promise in the Word that the road of THE NAME would be an easy one. But Jesus promised to be with us and give us power.
Jesus said to his disciples, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe:
- In my name they will drive out demons;
- they will speak in new tongues; 18
- they will pick up snakes with their hands;
- and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all;
- they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
There is something about that name! Listen to Gloria Gaither and the Homecoming Friends singing about THE NAME.
I hope you feel the same wonderful presence while reading this as I have felt while writing. There is something indescribable about THE NAME.