Jesus – The Sweetest Name I Know – Part 8

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Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NKJV)

“Jesus… the sweetest name I know”… and after this week of study, even sweeter. I wanted to wrap up this series by giving you some bullet points and Scriptures that will allow you to continue your own study.

So far we’ve learned that the name of Jesus Christ is:

  1. The Rarest and Most Exclusive – there is salvation through Jesus and NO other (Acts 4.12); every person will admit this fact some day, the only question is when (Phil 2.10)

  2. The Most Understanding & Compassionate – Jesus is the caring Shepherd and He protects and cares for His sheep (Isa 40.11); Jesus is uniquely qualified to understand and respond to our deepest needs and hurts because He is both absolutely Divine, and absolutely human (Heb 4.15-16)

  3. The Most Meaningful and Purposeful – the name of Jesus is filled with infinite meaning and purpose; why He lived; why He died; why He taught; why He loves us; what He accomplished… it is an inexhaustible well of study and discovery.

  4. The Most Rewarding – trusting in the name of Jesus results in the greatest rewards available to humankind. We get to live eternally in His presence (Phil 1.23; Rev 22.5); we receive an incorruptible crown of glory (1Pet5.4); we become a member of God’s family and co-heir with Christ (Rom 8.17); we get a home built just for us (John 14.1-4;2Cor 5.1); and we get to live in the “fullness of joy” for all eternity (Psalms 16.11)…. just to name a few “rewards”.
  5. The Most Powerful – the name of Jesus is the power of salvation, sufficient to save every person who believes (John 3.15). Jesus has the power to deliver us from the evil power of this world (Gal 1.3-4) and free us from the fear of Satan and death (Heb 2.14-15; Rev 1.18). The name of Jesus is the promise of resurrection for all those that belong to Him (Rom 6.5).
  6. The Most Selfless – Jesus knew from eternity past that He would create us, we would sin, crucify Him and then most would reject His free offer of salvation… and yet He still chose to create us anyway. He endured our punishment (Rom 6.23); He paid our ransom to free us from captivity (Mark 10.45); He saved us from God’s wrath and will return to get us (Heb 9.28).

The Names of Christ

The Divine Nature of Christ

  • As Jehovah, Isa. 40:3, with Matt. 3:3;
  • Jehovah of glory, Psa. 24:7, 10, with 1 Cor. 2:8; Jas. 2:1;
  • Jehovah our righteousness, Jer. 23:5, 6, with 1 Cor. 1:30;
  • Jehovah above all, Psa. 97:9, with John 3:31;
  • Jehovah the first and the last, Isa. 44:6, with Rev. 1:17; Isa. 48:12–16, with Rev. 22:13;
  • Jehovah’s fellow and equal, Zech. 13:7; Phil. 2:6;
  • Jehovah of Armies, Isa. 6:1–3, with John 12:41; Isa. 8:13, 14, with 1 Pet. 2:8;
  • Jehovah, Psa. 110:1, with Matt. 22:42–45;
  • Jehovah the shepherd, Isa. 40:10, 11; Heb. 13:20;
  • Jehovah, for whose glory all things were created, Prov. 16:4, with Col. 1:16;
  • Jehovah the messenger of the covenant, Mal. 3:1, with Luke 7:27.
  • Invoked as Jehovah, Joel 2:32, with 1 Cor. 1:2;
  • as the eternal God and Creator, Psa. 102:24–27, with Heb. 1:8, 10–12;
  • the mighty God, Isa. 9:6;
  • the great God and Savior, Hos. 1:7, with Tit. 2:13;
  • God over all, Rom. 9:5;
  • God the Judge, Eccl. 12:14, with 1 Cor. 4:5; 2 Cor. 5:10; 2 Tim. 4:1;
  • Emmanuel, Isa. 7:14, with Matt. 1:23;
  • King of kings and Lord of lords, Dan. 10:17, with Rev. 1:5; 17:14;
  • the Holy One, 1 Sam. 2:2, with Acts 3:14;
  • the Lord from heaven, 1 Cor. 15:47;
  • Lord of the sabbath, Gen. 2:3, with Matt. 12:8;
  • Lord of all, Acts 10:36; Rom. 10:11–13;
  • Son of God, Matt. 26:63–67; the only begotten Son of the Father, John 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18; 1 John 4:9.
  • His blood is called the blood of God, Acts 20:28.
  • One with the Father, John 10:30, 38; 12:45; 14:7–10; 17:10.
  • As sending the Spirit equally with the Father, John 14:16, with John 15:26.
  • As unsearchable equally with the Father, Prov. 30:4; Matt. 11:27.
  • As Creator of all things, Isa. 40:28; John 1:3; Col. 1:16;
  • supporter and preserver of all things, Neh. 9:6, with Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3.
  • Acknowledged by Old Testament saints, Gen. 17:1, with Gen. 48:15, 16; 32:24–30, with Hos. 12:3–5; Judg. 6:22–24; 13:21, 22; Job 19:25–271
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    Source: New Nave’s Topical Bible)

The Humanity of Christ

I hope you have been blessed by this series. I know I have. Learning about Jesus is always a blessing!

James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV)

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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Jesus – The Most Life Affirming Name I Know – Part 7

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Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NKJV)

“Jesus… the sweetest name I know”… the only name around which our entire, moment-by-moment existence should revolve. The more we come to understand the extent and depth to which Jesus affects this universe, the harder it becomes to go any length of time without thinking of Him.

At some point, hopefully, every Christian will figure out
that Jesus Christ is the absolute CENTER of life.

He is the center of history, the center of eternity, the center of all great answers:

  • Why did God create us?
  • What is my purpose in life?
  • What does the future hold?
  • Is life worth living?
  • Does anyone care?
  • Is there more to life than this?

For all the “big” questions of life, start with Jesus. The answer will inevitably be found in discovering His purpose, His life, His person and His character. Everything of importance, everything eternal, everything that matters… revolves around Jesus Christ. He is the central truth of Christianity, and indeed of all creation.

So far we’ve learned that the name of Jesus Christ is:

  1. The Rarest and Most Exclusive – there is salvation through Jesus and NO other (Acts 4.12); every person will admit this fact some day, the only question is when (Phil 2.10)

  2. The Most Understanding & Compassionate – Jesus is the caring Shepherd and He protects and cares for His sheep (Isa 40.11); Jesus is uniquely qualified to understand and respond to our deepest needs and hurts because He is both absolutely Divine, and absolutely human (Heb 4.15-16)

  3. The Most Meaningful and Purposeful – the name of Jesus is filled with infinite meaning and purpose; why He lived; why He died; why He taught; why He loves us; what He accomplished… it is an inexhaustible well of study and discovery.

  4. The Most Rewarding – trusting in the name of Jesus results in the greatest rewards available to humankind. We get to live eternally in His presence (Phil 1.23; Rev 22.5); we receive an incorruptible crown of glory (1Pet5.4); we become a member of God’s family and co-heir with Christ (Rom 8.17); we get a home built just for us (John 14.1-4;2Cor 5.1); and we get to live in the “fullness of joy” for all eternity (Psalms 16.11)…. just to name a few “rewards”.
  5. The Most Powerful – the name of Jesus is the power of salvation, sufficient to save every person who believes (John 3.15). Jesus has the power to deliver us from the evil power of this world (Gal 1.3-4) and free us from the fear of Satan and death (Heb 2.14-15; Rev 1.18). The name of Jesus is the promise of resurrection for all those that belong to Him (Rom 6.5).
  6. The Most Selfless – Jesus knew from eternity past that He would create us, we would sin, crucify Him and then most would reject His free offer of salvation… and yet He still chose to create us anyway. He endured our punishment (Rom 6.23); He paid our ransom to free us from captivity (Mark 10.45); He saved us from God’s wrath and will return to get us (Heb 9.28).

The Most Affirming and Validating Name I Know

Every person has God-created needs to be worthwhile, valuable, purposeful, loved, accepted and confirmed. I’m not talking about the modern trend of “self-centric” psychology that seeks to teach us to “esteem” ourselves, to cultivate self-love and self-adulation. Those ideas are foreign and contrary to the Bible which teaches us self-sacrifice, self-denial and self-evaluation.

I’m talking about find our fulfilling our God-created need to be loved and accepted unconditionally; to receive affirmation of our value (in God’s eyes) and to have our very existence validated (through God’s purpose for each of us).

Affirmation and validation are only possible
because Jesus has reconciled us with our Creator.

The life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ has made it possible for us to be reinstated into our relationship with God in whom we derive our sense of value and purpose in life. Most people, including Christians, seek affirmation and a sense of worthiness in two ways: performance and opinions of others.

We build up our value and worthiness through performance which proves how “good” we are. This is accomplished in various ways such as being always saying “yes” to anyone who asks something of us; by controlling every situation thereby assuring our successful performance; by avoiding any situation that might lead to a less than successful performance; or by shifting blame off ourselves anytime our performance doesn’t measure up.

When performance is accomplished, it results in a favorable opinion from others about us individually. It is from this favorable opinion and perceived “approval” that most people gain their sense of worthiness, value and purpose RATHER than deriving it from the truths that God through Christ has revealed to us.

Let’s look at some of those truths that affirm our value and importance in God’s eyes – truths made possible and secured through and by Jesus Christ (emphasis mine):

  • You are so valuable to God that He will never allow you to be separated from His love.

    Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NKJV)

  • Your sins are completely forgiven and removed, never to be “used” against you again

    Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. (NKJV)

  • You are so important to God that He sacrificed His only Son to save you

    John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJ)

  • God values you so much that He will protect you and never let anyone take you from Him

    John 10:28-29 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. (NKJV)

  • God considers us so important and worthy of His love that He has adopted us into His very own family

    Ephesians 1:5-6 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. (NKJV)

  • Our life sense of purpose and meaning is so important that He gives us the Holy Spirit for guidance, correction and teaching

    John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— (NKJV)

    1 Corinthians 2:10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. (NKJV)

    Ezekiel 36:27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. (NKJV)

  • You are so valued by God that He has made provision for every true need you will ever have

    Matthew 6:31-34 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (NKJV)

  • Your life is so important to God that remains aware of every single detail without fail

    Luke 12:6-7 “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (NKJV)

God saves us, provides for us, adopts us, teaches us, guides us and knows every detail of our life better than we do. Are those types of things done for someone who is not valuable, purposeful or worthy? Of course not! But our worth is found in Christ, not in ourselves.

Could any opinion or approval of man be more affirming than what God has done for us through Christ? The answer is obvious (NO!) and yet this truth rarely descends from our brains to our hearts. We still run around seeking validation through the opinions of men.

Jesus Christ affirms our value to God as demonstrated by His love and willingness to redeem us to the Father. His life, His death, His love and His resurrection are evidence (for those who have turned to Christ) that we are loved unconditionally by God; we are important to God; we are valuable to God and worthy of His care. Jesus made sure of that!

Gracious God, Help us to learn to find our worthiness through Your opinion of us made possible by the sacrifice of Your Beloved Son. In the Sweetest Name, Amen.

Contemplation: Do you seek the following from other people or God: a sense of purpose? Approval? Value as a person? Acceptance? Affirmation? Unconditional love?

Application: Let me again emphasize that I am not speaking about or promoting the destructive version of “self esteem” that has invaded both society and Christianity. The idea of self-love, self-focus, self-admiration, self-elevation is utterly opposed to Scripture. For Christians, “self” is crucified in Christ and our worthiness/value now stem from what GOD HAS DECLARED about us because of Jesus. It does not originate in us; it originates with God by Christ. We are valuable… because of Christ. We are worthy… because of Christ. We are important… because of Christ. Because of Jesus, because of Jesus, because of Jesus. Like I said, Jesus is the CENTER of our universe.

James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV)

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today? What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  2. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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Jesus – The Most Selfless Name I Know – Part 6

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Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NKJV)

“Jesus… the sweetest name I know”… the sweetest name, the sweetest person, the sweetest thought… the sweetest. If the name of Jesus does not captivate your mind, I dare say its because you are not familiar enough with it. Our salvation is not about religious activity, morality, church or which group we belong to; it’s about the Person of Jesus Christ. Everything else (doctrine, behavior, activity, works, etc.) finds its value and significance only to the degree in which it magnifies, points to and glorifies Jesus.

We are Christians…
“Christ”ians – like Christ; loyal to Christ.

We’re not “Churchians”, or “Bible Versionians”, or “Doctrinians”. Church is important; so are the issues of Bible translations and most certainly doctrine is critical. It is not my intention to treat those things as unimportant. My point is that Jesus Christ should be the central consuming theme and thought for the “Christ-ian” and far too often it is something else: belonging to a certain church, following a certain personality, reading a certain Bible version, holding to certain “pet” doctrines.

To the degree that “something” diverts attention and focus from the study, adoration and deepening relationship with Jesus Christ, that “thing” needs to be re-evaluated and re-prioritized. So far we’ve learned that the Name of Jesus Christ is:

  1. The Rarest and Most Exclusive – there is salvation through Jesus and NO other (Acts 4.12); every person will admit this fact some day, the only question is when (Phil 2.10)

  2. The Most Understanding & Compassionate – Jesus is the caring Shepherd and He protects and cares for His sheep (Isa 40.11); Jesus is uniquely qualified to understand and respond to our deepest needs and hurts because He is both absolutely Divine, and absolutely human (Heb 4.15-16)

  3. The Most Meaninful and Purposeful – the name of Jesus is filled with infinite meaning and purpose; why He lived; why He died; why He teached; why He loves us; what He accomplished… it is an inexhaustible well of study and discovery.

  4. The Most Rewarding – trusting in the name of Jesus results in the greatest rewards available to humankind. We get to live eternally in His presence (Phil 1.23; Rev 22.5); we receive an incorruptible crown of glory (1Pet5.4); we become a member of God’s family and co-heir with Christ (Rom 8.17); we get a home built just for us (John 14.1-4;2Cor 5.1); and we get to live in the “fullness of joy” for all eternity (Psalms 16.11)…. just to name a few “rewards”.
  5. The Most Powerful – the name of Jesus is the power of salvation, sufficient to save every person who believes (John 3.15). Jesus has the power to deliver us from the evil power of this world (Gal 1.3-4) and free us from the fear of Satan and death (Heb 2.14-15; Rev 1.18). The name of Jesus is the promise of resurrection for all those that belong to Him (Rom 6.5).

The Most Selfless Name I Know

The crucifixion alone qualifies Jesus as the most sacrificial and selfless human to have ever walked the earth. Oh, there have been people who have suffered for longer periods of time than Jesus, and there have been people who have given up their lives for others; but none of them had to comtemplate and know FROM ETERNITY PAST exactly what would happen to them… and still choose to do it anyway.

Jesus is God. Jesus is Eternal. Jesus ALWAYS, for all eternity, knew He would suffer and die for a world of people that would mostly reject His sacrifice. Think about that…

Millions and millions of years ago, Jesus knew
that He would create man; man would reject Him;
and He would be tortured and put to death knowing
the majority of men He died for would still reject Him.

Does that not BOGGLE your mind? If not, what possibly could!? In light of “only” that, Jesus reigns supreme as the most selfless man to ever live. But there’s more (much more than we could possibly cover):

  • Jesus sacrificed Himself to endure our punishment – All men rightly deserve the wrath of a holy God whose perfectness has been violated. We rightly deserve it because our sinfulness is willing and free. We choose to sin. We want to sin. We love to sin. God is holy and just to require that all sin be punished; and the only proper punishment is death (Rom 6.23).

    Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), (NKJV)

    Jesus Christ selflessly became a “curse” for us, taking our place of punishment. He absorbed the wrath of God that was due you, and me. Have you ever stopped and REALLY contemplated what you will NOT experience (eternal death, punishment, separation) because Jesus suffered it for you?

    Sometimes we tend to generalize what Jesus did: “Christ died for the sins of the world”. True, but that sort of distances what He did from us individually. Jesus suffered and died for YOU as sure as if you were the only person who ever lived.

He died for YOU. He suffered for YOU. For YOU!
If you would have been the only person in the world,
He still would have done it – for you!

Chew on that for a while….

  • Jesus gave Himself to ransom us – Even though the majority of those He died for will reject Him (and Jesus knew that ahead of time), Jesus still offered Himself as a ransom to purchase eternal life for those who believe in Him.

    Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (NKJV)

    Jesus is the most selfless name under heaven. He was God, but even so He did not come to earth to be served by men who were/are infinitely surbordinate to Him. He came to serve US! Imagine that. He willingly gave His life as a ransom “for many”.

    What is a ransom?
    It is something paid or demanded for the release of someone or something from captivity; to free from captivity or punishment by paying a price. We were captive to death, sin and eternal condemnation. Jesus ransomed us, while we were still sinners, undeserving and unworthy of such a ransom. Wow.

  • Jesus sacrificed Himself to save us from holy judgment – Have you ever considered that God would have been perfectly just in simply allowing us to face judgment and be delivered to eternal punishment? We choose to sin. We willingly violate God’s law. He is not forcing us to sin. God could not be held liable in any way if He would have chosen NOT to sacrifice His Son to pay our penalty.

    Jesus selflessly gave Himself to save us from the judgment we rightly deserve. He wasn’t sitting around one day and decided “well that’s just not fair. People shouldn’t have to die eternally just because of a few sins. I better get down there and take one for the team”. Everything about God’s judgment of sin is PERFECT and HOLY. Jesus/God would have been absolutely just and right to allow us to suffer judgment.

    Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. (NKJ)

    Jesus is coming a “second time” to get those who “eagerly wait for Him”. Jesus is coming back to get those whom He saved from judgment. Incredible…

Jesus knew from eternity past we would sin and reject Him;
but He created us anyway.
He was punished for our sins; paid our debt.
Then He’s coming back to get us so
He can reward us for all eternity for what HE did.

Read that again. Mind boggling. Have you ever considered the reality of what we deserve versus what we get, all because of Jesus Christ? It is simply humbling, magnificent, overwhelming and consuming. If the name of Jesus is not the sweetest you know, then you have not adequately considered what He has done for you.

Holy God, Help us to see the depths of Christ’s sacrifice and love. Thank You for giving Your only Son to rescue us from what we most certainly deserve. Help us to honor Jesus by meditating on His sacrifice and telling others about it. In the Sweetest Name, Amen.

Contemplation: Have you ever stopped and really considered what Christ did for you? Have you thought about what He has saved you from and what you would suffer had He not willingly gave Himself for you? Does is not melt your heart and boggle your mind when you think that YOU will be rewarded with eternal life because of what HE did?

Application: Sometimes we think it’s “not fair” that God would punish sin with eternal death. How “fair” is it that Jesus suffered and died because YOU (and I) choose to sin? How “fair” is it that we will receive a reward for something we could NOT have possibly done (save ourselves)? We dishonor the sacrifice of Christ when we don’t take time to ponder and meditate on these wonderful truths. Jesus willingly sacrificed Himself for you, to pay your penalty; and He will return someday to reward you for what He did….

James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV)

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today? What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  2. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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Jesus – The Most Powerful Name I Know – Part 5

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Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NKJV)

“Jesus… the sweetest name I know”… but not if you have rejected it. It is heartbreaking to witness people abuse and profane the only name under heaven that represents salvation and rescue from the unhappiness and discontentment that engulfs a heart separated from God. How often I have wished I could spiritually smack someone and open their eyes to the truth; just grab them by the shoulders and shake some sense into them or scream at them “WAKE UP!!! Don’t you get it???” Not exactly the “Biblical” method.

It would be nice if we could just “slap” someone awake spiritually;
But… it doesn’t work that way, does it?

Jesus is either the sweetest name (for those who give their lives to Him), or He is the most condemning and guilt-producing name (for those who will not exchange their pride and “self” control for His forgivenness).

Think about it: pride, guilt and eternal condemnation can be traded in for Christ’s salvation, love, care and peace. And yet millions upon millions upon millions reject His offer. In some ways, it is truly hard to comprehend, and yet perfectly understandable in others after discovering what Scripture reveals about the human heart (ex. Jer 17.9). The more we understand and believe what the Name of Jesus represents, the more we should be saddened and burdened for those who DON’T know the Name Above All Names.

So far we’ve learned that the Name of Jesus Christ is:

  1. The Rarest and Most Exclusive – there is salvation through Jesus and NO other (Acts 4.12); every person will admit this fact some day, the only question is when (Phil 2.10)

  2. The Most Understanding & Compassionate – Jesus is the caring Shepherd and He protects and cares for His sheep (Isa 40.11); Jesus is uniquely qualified to understand and respond to our deepest needs and hurts because He is both absolutely Divine, and absolutely human (Heb 4.15-16)

  3. The Most Meaninful and Purposeful – the name of Jesus is filled with infinite meaning and purpose; why He lived; why He died; why He teached; why He loves us; what He accomplished… it is an inexhaustible well of study and discovery.

  4. The Most Rewarding – trusting in the name of Jesus results in the greatest rewards available to humankind. We get to live eternally in His presence (Phil 1.23; Rev 22.5); we receive an incorruptible crown of glory (1Pet5.4); we become a member of God’s family and co-heir with Christ (Rom 8.17); we get a home built just for us (John 14.1-4;2Cor 5.1); and we get to live in the “fullness of joy” for all eternity (Psalms 16.11)…. just to name a few “rewards”.

The Most Powerful Name I Know

It is truly mind boggling what was, is, and will be accomplished through and by Jesus Christ. It’s almost embarrassing to attempt to summarize these great truths in a daily devotional format. You could spend your entire life studying the “power” of Jesus’ Name (its effect and achievements) and surely not exhaust the subject. I think it is safe to say, that the more you learn about Jesus, the more you realize how much you do NOT know, and how much MORE there is to discover.

The “power” of Jesus name is a pretty broad categorization. Here are a few points about what Christ accomplished, and what effect His Name has on our existence (emphasis mine in the Bible verses; Note: I pray my Calvinist friends will take this for the basic study that it is and not read into it anything more than what I simply state):

  • The Name of Jesus is the power of salvation for all who believe

    1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. (NKJV)

    Christ came to save sinners. Who is included in that category? All people that are sinners; in other words, all people. The Name of Jesus is powerful enough to secure salvation for all who believe (Rom 10.13).

    John 3:15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (NKJV)

    It is mind boggling that the single, individual sacrifice of the Man, Christ Jesus, is sufficient for the salvation (Rom 5.12-21) of billions upon billions of vile sinners. Granted, comparitively few will be saved (Luke 13.24), but it’s not because of any lack of power on the part of Jesus.

  • The Name of Jesus is powerful enough to deliver us from evil

    Galatians 1:3-4 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, (NKJV)

    1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (NKJV)

    Without Jesus, we are slaves to sin (Rom 6.20); with Jesus, we have the power available to us to be righteous, to overcome temptation and to be delivered from “this present evil age”. There is no other name, no other organization, no other religion and no other resource in all the universe that has the same power… only Christ.

    Jesus represents the “way of escape” or rescue both from eternal evil (deserved condemnation for our sin) and from present evil (sin and temptation).
  • The Name of Christ has the power to free every Believer from the fear of Satan and death

    Hebrews 2:14-15 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (NKJV)

    Before Christ, death and fear reigned. We were in bondage to the unknown of death. But Christ, having experienced death and conquered it, has removed all fear concerning this life and the next; and Jesus now maintains control of death and hell; He even holds the entire universe together through His power (Col 1.17). We never have to fear anything about death or hell EVER AGAIN! One of the most magnficent verses in all of Scripture:

I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold,
I am alive forevermore. Amen.
And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

(Revelation 1:18 – NKJV)

If that doesn’t send shivers down your back, I’m not sure what will!

  • The Name of Jesus has the power to secure the resurrection of all those who belong to Him

    John 6:39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. (NKJV)

    Romans 6:5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, (NKJV)

    Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (NKJV)

    2 Timothy 2:11 This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. (NKJV)


    Wow. Think of the security, the promise and the hope contained in these verses. Jesus will lose NONE that the Father has given (speaking of Believers), to be raised up at the “last day”.

    When we are saved, we are united with Christ in the “likeness of His death” (dying to ourselves, Rom 6.6; taking up our cross, Luke 9.23; baptism, Col 2.12); in other words, we share and identify with Christ in “death”…. and in the same way we will “certainly” share in His resurrection as well! It is a “faithful saying” (true, dependable, sure):

For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him.

  • The Name of Jesus has the power to bring good from evil

    Romans 8:27-28 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (NKJV)

    Genesis 50:19-20 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. (NKJV)

    The Bible is filled with stories and principles showing that our sovreign and omniscient God is greater than the curse of sin, and is able to take that which is “meant for evil” and use it to bring about His will and display His power and glory.

    Of course the greatest example of this fact, is the crucifixion of Christ. The most evil act in all of the history of man brought about the greatest implementation of God’s Will:

    Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; (NKJV)

    Through the ultimate wicked act, killing the Son of God, came the ultimate fulfillment of God’s master plan to redeem His creation! If God can turn that unfathomable evil into “good”, how much more should we trust him to use the evil that befalls us for His glory and purpose?

That is a mere nibble of what could be written about the “power of Jesus Name”. Even just a taste though gives us an incredible depth to consider.

As with any “power”, it cannot be experienced unless you are plugged into the source. For those who have not repentend of their sins, and given their lives to Jesus Christ, there is NO power in His Name (for them). If you are “plugged in” (saved), then you may not being experiencing the fullness of Christ’s power due to sin, disobedience or neglect. Maybe you are short-circuiting the “power source” with worldliness and lukewarmness.

Our lack of accessing the power does not change, or diminish the true nature or depth of the “Power”. An evaluation of Christ’s power in our life serves to give us a measurement, or evidence, about the current state of our devotion, commitment and knowledge of the Most Powerful Name we can know. Is the power of Christ demonstrable in your life? Or is it merely a concept?

Great God , We offer thanks and praise for the power of Jesus Christ to save souls, dispel evil and turn wickedness into good. Help us to see where His power is missing, or lacking in our lives. In the Sweetest Name, Amen.

Contemplation: Is there power in Jesus name for you? Do you believe it? Do you access it? Do you know how? If someone were to view your schedule and checkbook, where would they guess that your source of power lies?

Application: How little we understand, believe and access the power of Christianity. It has become so distorted today with the “God-is-a-genie” trend, that true spiritual power is rare. Even after writing on this for the last 5 days, I feel like I have done nothing more than give a childish, elementary glance at a topic I don’t even yet begin to grasp. How are you doing?

James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV)

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today? What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  2. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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Jesus – The Most Rewarding Name I Know – Part 4

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Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NKJV)

“Jesus… the sweetest name I know”… do you think about that alot? Does His name captivate you? Do you daydream, imagine and wonder about it? Do you long for the day when the you will come face to face with The Name? Does your life turn you to that Name? Or does your life crowd out His name?

So far we’ve learned that the Name of Jesus Christ is:

  1. The Rarest and Most Exclusive – there is salvation through Jesus and NO other (Acts 4.12); every person will admit this fact some day, the only question is when (Phil 2.10)

  2. The Most Understanding & Compassionate – Jesus is the true Shepherd and He protects and cares for His sheep (Isa 40.11); Jesus is uniquely qualified to understand and respond to our deepest needs and hurts because He is both absolutely Divine, and absolutely human (Heb 4.15-16)

  3. The Most Meaningful and Purposeful – the name of Jesus is filled with infinite meaning and purpose; why He lived; why He died; why He taught; why He loves us; what He accomplished… it is an inexhaustible well of study and discovery.

The Most Rewarding Name I Know

James 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. (NKJV)

If you have confessed the Sweetest Name there is great reward awaiting you. Consider how rewarding it will be the moment you meet Jesus and…

  • Realize the satisfaction of knowing Jesus is true and faithful, and that all the time spent in this life seeking Him was worth every second.
  • You are instantly free of the curse of sin for all eternity.
  • Realize that ever increasing joy and wonder for all eternity has begun.
  • You instinctively understand that you are finally “home”… your real home.
  • Your struggling, striving, suffering and disappointments have eternally ceased.

I love to sit and dream about what that single moment will be like… the moment that I see Jesus face to face and He welcomes me into eternity. That moment captivates my thoughts and imagination. It is such a wonderful thought, that even now, in this life, before it actually happens, it already brings me great joy. Let’s look at some other rewards:

  • Being in the presence of Christ, enjoying His love and goodness in person which is far better than anything this life can offer.

    Philippians 1:23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. (NKJV)

  • Reigning with Christ in glory forever and ever where there is no sun nor night; for the glory of God is the light.

    Revelation 22:5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. (NKJV)

  • Receiving a crown of life and glory; incorruptible and eternal; worthy only to be given back to our Lord in gratitude for what He has done for us (1Pet 5.4; Jas 1.12; 1Cor 9.25; Rev 4.10)
  • Being a joint heir with Christ, receiving full blessings and privileges as a member of God’s very own eternal family.

    Romans 8:17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. (NKJV)

  • Living in our new home, personally designed and built by the Lord Himself.

    John 14:1-4 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” (NKJV)

    2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. (NKJV)

  • Living in joy, satisfaction and peace with Jesus for all eternity.

    Matthew 25:21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ (NKJV)

    Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (NKJV)

The reward we have waiting for us is great (Matt 5.12; Heb 10.35); it is full and complete (2John 1.8); it is sure (Prov 11.18); it is satisfying (Psa 17.15); it is priceless (1Cor 2.9). Our reward brings us hope and courage in this life because nothing we experience, endure or suffer in this life will compare with the reward our Lord has for us.

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, (NKJV)

The name of Jesus represents the greatest reward in all eternity.

Lord, thank you for allowing us to experience “reward” just by getting to know him and being apart of his life. But infinitely more, we thank you for Jesus, who is the Rewarder of His good and faithful servants. In the Sweetest Name, Amen.

Contemplation: In the privacy of your own thoughts, what is your concept of reward? Where is it found? In this life, or the next? Have you ever considered the difference? When you think of Jesus, what rewards come to mind for you?

Application: Real reward is eternal reward. The less we are tied to, enamored with and constantly pursuing the “rewards” of this world, the freer our minds will be to meditate on the sweetest Name; who is, even now, preparing the reward for all those who “finish well”.

James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV)

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today? What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  2. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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