Thursday, August 29, 2013

"The Sweetest Name"

    What's in a name?  Much.

She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21).

    The name "Jesus" means "Jehovah is salvation."  Thus, in our Savior's very name, the fundamental relationship between God and man presents itself, namely, that He is a deliverer and we need a deliverer.  We are needy, and the Lord is the supplier for our needs.  "
I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee" (Isaiah 41:10).

    This may seem axiomatic, but the strain of pride that exists in the flesh of even the most godly among us strongly tempts us to self-sufficiency and exaltation.  God made us, He sustains our very existence, and "He giveth to all life and breath and all things" (Acts 17:25).  Nevertheless, we remain susceptible to believe ourselves independently capable of navigating the course of our lives.  Rightly understood, however, simply uttering the name of the Lord Jesus expresses the truth that "in Him, we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).  This most humbling of truths, received and assimilated by faith, establishes our awareness that should our Lord decide to withhold our next breath, heartbeat, or brainwave, all our lofty goals and determinations will instantly dissolve.  We are need.  God is supply.  The thought or mention of our Savior's name exalts the Lord as it humbles us. 

    In this day, our Heavenly Father offers to us His abundant provision, as revealed by and through His Son.  "
Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him" (Colossians 3:17).  This is life, truth, and reality.  There is no other, and the hymn-writer beautifully expressed the glory in her ode to that "Name which is above every name..."

Jesus is the sweetest name I know,
And He’s just the same as His lovely Name,
And that’s the reason why I love Him so;
Oh, Jesus is the sweetest name I know.

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it and is safe."
(Proverbs 18:10)

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