“THE NAME OF JESUS!” Conclusion!

A.B. Simpson said, “Once it was a blessing, now it is the Lord.”

Let the preacher exalt Jesus; let the people exalt Jesus; let the workers exalt Jesus; let everything that has breath exalt the name of Jesus.

Every piece of furnishing in the Tabernacle pictures Jesus.

The calendar started with Jesus.

Our convictions come from Jesus.

Every once in awhile we need to stop everything and exalt the name of Jesus.

In future additions we will study Face of Jesus, Hands of Jesus, Feet of Jesus, Birth of Jesus, Death of Jesus; Burial of Jesus; Resurrection of Jesus; Love of Jesus; Compassion of Jesus; Mercy of Jesus, and the Judgment of Jesus.

The world needs Jesus: Russia, China, Cuba, Cambodia, Korea, South America, Japan, Philippines, Africa, Europe, Brazil, England, India, Canada, France, Germany and all nations need Jesus.

Their leaders need Jesus to solve their problems. G8 leaders need Jesus. America needs Jesus. We do all because of Jesus – He keeps it altogether, because He is omnipotent. We exalt Him or fall apart, because “His Name Is Wonderful.”

For all these years I have tried to exalt the Name of Jesus. I have told people about Him for over forty-four years. I have told people at work, in the streets, shopping centers, airports, airplanes, etc.

I have told them whenever I had the opportunity because, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.”

Amen and Amen. Let’s exalt His name for the rest of our lives, because: 

THE NAME OF JESUS BRINGS SALVATION

Matthew 1:21, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

His name means hope and deliverance:

Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

THE NAME OF JESUS BREAKS THE BONDAGE OF SIN AND SATAN

His name is not magic, but it is a name of authority. If God be for us, who can be against us?

When we pray, we pray in the name of Jesus, not some religious imposter or Allah, Buddha, or any other false God.

The following is a true story and the author, Rick Mathes, is a well known leader in the prison ministry.

The authority of Jesus has never diminished. That is a whole lot more than you can say for man and his authority. King’s rise and fall – by the name of Jesus.

His name has and gives authority: Matthew 7:29, “For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”

Please read Romans 6:6-14.

THE NAME OF JESUS BURDENS OUR HEART FOR SERVICE

The law says murder is sin, Jesus said, even the thought is sin.

It took Adoniram Judson, missionary to Burma (1788-1850) six years, working 15 hours per day to see his first soul saved, but thirty thousand came to know Jesus by the time he died.

We too ought to have a burden on our hearts to see people come to the name that is above every name.

“No word of man can ever tell, how sweet the name I love so well; O let its praises ever swell, O praise the name of Jesus.”

The following, entitled Two Lives, was written by one of my converts in our first ministry.

I’m so glad that I’ve led two lives, the first I spent most of in dark smelly dives. I once was a person with no direction at all; my life had slowed to a pitiful crawl. I didn’t know where I was going, nor did I care if wherever it was I never got there. I tried all of the fleeting and temporary joys, such as drinking and carousing with the rest of the boys.

At one time I told all listeners that the world’s only hope was a red and white pill or just about any kind of dope. Then I realized there must be more to life than what I had seen something to last long on which I could lean. Now I didn’t know it at the time, but someone was working on me, slowly opening my ears and my eyes so I might hear and see. I thank God someone who cared came to my aid, and told me about the sacrifice that Jesus had made. I asked that my sin be forgiven that day, as I got down on my knees and started to pray.

That day I asked Jesus to come into my heart, my second life was beginning to start. That I’ve come a long way from my old life I’m sure, but I also know I’m far from pure. But with God watching over me and Jesus inside, coupled my belief that it was for me that He died. And along with God’s promises He’s sent to us through His word, I can now feel as light and free as a bird. God is so wonderful, what He’s given to mankind, to me He’s the most precious thing anyone can ever find. I thank God for sending him by, and will always be grateful for Pastor Nikoley.

How about you? Is His name wonderful to you? Or do you even know Him? “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” Why not receive Him now?

 

“THE NAME OF JESUS!” Part 3

Twenty-four out of twenty-seven New Testament books start off with the name of Jesus. We are saved and baptized in the name of Jesus. He is the Lily of the Valley; Rose of Sharon; Pearl of Great Price; Bread of Life; the Way Truth and the Life.

The book of John is a picture gallery of Jesus: In chapter,

  1. He is the Son of God.
  2. The Son of Man.
  3. The Divine Teacher.
  4. The Son of Man.
  5. The Great Physician.
  6. The Bread of Life.
  7. The Water of Life.
  8. The Defender of the Weak.
  9. The Light of the World.
  10. The Good Shepherd.
  11. The Prince of life.
  12. The King.
  13. The Servant of servants.
  14. The Consoler.
  15. The True Vine.
  16. The Giver of the Holy Spirit.
  17. The Great Intercessor.
  18. The Model Sufferer.
  19. The Uplifted Saviour.
  20. The Conqueror of Death.
  21. The Restorer of the Penitent.

Let’s exalt and talk about the name of Jesus in church, in school, at home, at work, at play. Let’s talk about Jesus more and more. Let’s shout His name from the roof tops.

More books and more songs have been written about His name than any other.

In Genesis we see Him as Promised Seed.

In Exodus the Passover Lamb.

In Leviticus the Scapegoat.

In Numbers the Brazen Serpent.

In Deuteronomy the Great Law-giver.

In Joshua the Prophet, Priest and King.

In Judges the Judge of the Universe.

In Ruth – the Kinsman Redeemer.

In Samuel the Anointer of Kings.

In Kings He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

In Chronicles the Great Historian.

In Ezra the Rebuilder of God’s House.

In Nehemiah the Rebuilder of the Wall.

In Esther the Saviour of the Jews.

In Psalms the Song of the Ages.

In Proverbs the Truth.

In Ecclesiastes the Great Preacher.

In Song of Solomon He is the Wonderful Lover.

In Isaiah He is Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.

In Jeremiah the Weeping Prophet.

In Lamentations the Mighty Street Preacher.

In Ezekiel the Rebuilder of God’s House.

In Daniel the Stone cut out without hands.

In Hosea the Forgiving Lover.

In Minor prophets the one coming to Bethlehem-Judah.

In Matthew King of Kings.

In Mark the Servant.

In Luke the Son of Man.

In John the Son of God.

In Acts the Power of the church.

In Romans the Dynamite of the Gospel.

In Corinthians the Restorer of the carnal nature.

In Galatians the Rent Vail.

In Ephesians the Heavenly One.

In Philippians our Sufficiency.

In Colossians the Shadow.

In Thessalonians the Coming Saviour.

In Titus the Great appearing God.

In Timothy the Blessed Hope.

In Philemon the Forgiver of the wayward slave.

In Hebrews the Best of All.

In James the Fulfiller of the Law.

In Peter the Rock of our Salvation.

In John the Assurance that we are saved.

In Jude the One that can keep us from falling.

In Revelation the One on the white horse that’s going to come back in the clouds of glory at the rapture.  We will be with Him for seven years and come back to reign with Him for one thousand years, and the Kingdom shall be delivered to the Father and Jesus shall reign, because HIS NAME IS ABOVE EVERY NAME.

Jesus is the creation; Jesus was everything in Heaven; Jesus is the ending.

You can’t get up in the morning or go to bed at night without Jesus. You can’t work without Jesus; you can’t eat or drink without Jesus.

“HE HIDETH MY SOUL!”

My Hohner Marine Band Crossover Harmonica

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
A wonderful Savior to me;
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
Where rivers of pleasure I see.
Refrain:
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
That shadows a dry, thirsty land;
He hideth my life in the depths of His love,
And covers me there with His hand,
And covers me there with His hand.

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
He taketh my burden away,
He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved,
He giveth me strength as my day.
With numberless blessings each moment He crowns,
And filled with His fullness divine,

I sing in my rapture, oh, glory to God!
For such a Redeemer as mine.
When clothed with His brightness transported I rise
To meet Him in clouds of the sky,
His perfect salvation, His wonderful love,
I’ll shout with the millions on high.

“THE NAME OF JESUS!” Part 2

John 1:3, 14, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any

thing made that was made. V. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

The name of Jesus: Hebrews 12:3, “For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

Oh how I love Jesus!

“There is a name I love to hear, I love to sing it’s worth; It sounds like music in my ear, the sweetest name on earth.”

Read closely the words of John Newton:

How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds, in a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away his fear. It makes the wounded spirit whole, and calms the troubled breast; “Tis manna to the hungry soul, And to the weary, rest. Dear Name, the Rock on which I build, My Shield and Hiding Place, My never failing treasury, filled with boundless stores of grace! By Thee my prayers acceptance gain, although with sin defiled; Satan accuses me in vain, And I am owned a child. Jesus! My Shepherd, Husband, Friend, O Prophet, Priest And King, My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End, Accept the praise I bring. Weak is the effort of my heart, and cold my warmest thought; But when I see Thee as Thou art, I’ll praise Thee as I ought. Till then I would Thy love proclaim with every fleeting breath, And may the music of Thy Name Refresh my soul in death!

In the Book of Acts, when the Greeks came to the Apostles they simply said, “Sirs, we would see Jesus.”

Matthew 17:8, “And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.”

Early in His ministry Jesus preached in the synagogues and we are told in:

Luke 4:20, “And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.”

Isaiah 61:1, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”

The name of Jesus is above kings: Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, Napoleon of France, Caesars of Rome, The Henry’s and Charles’ of England, Alexander of Greece, Pharaoh of Egypt, President of America, etc.

His name is above the name of artists: Michael Angelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Mozart. His name is above the name of heroes like Joshua, Caleb, Patton, the Wright Brothers, Edison, Charles Lindbergh, Lincoln and Washington.

His name is above the names of the greatest men of God: Moses, David, Paul, Moody, Wesley, Finney, Luther, and Sunday.

His name is above the name of angels: Gabriel the messenger, Michael the warrior, the seven angels in Revelation, the angels that appeared to Abraham and Lot.

His name is above every song:

“There is a name I love to hear, I love to sing its worth, it sounds like music in my ear, the sweetest name on earth.”

“Jesus, Oh how sweet the name,”

“Precious name, Oh how sweet,”

“Jesus, Jesus the sweetest name I know.”

The name that is above every name.

Seven names were given Him even before His birth: Jesus in Luke 1:31; Son of the Highest in verse 32; Son of God in verse 35; Immanuel in Matthew 1:23, to name a few.

Seven is God’s number, and Jesus is the seventh word in Matthew, and Matthew has seven letters.

Jesus name is mentioned seven hundred times in the New Testament.

Seven names were given Him in Revelation 22:13-16, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last… I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”

For the next five days we will be looking at the most precious name in history, “THE NAME OF JESUS!” If you really love Jesus, don’t miss a day of this:

THE NAME OF JESUS!

Please read Philippians 2:5-10.

Verse 10, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.”

This verse cannot mean that at every mention of the name of Jesus we should bow, but if it does mean that we have to ask the question, “Why should we bow at the name of Jesus, rather than at any of His other names? Is there any special honor in it above all the other names by which He is called, and why should we bow at His name rather than at the name of the Father? The truth is, this verse does not require us to be in a prostate position, nor did He mean to start a custom of bowing.

The meaning is that a special act of respect or adoration should be shown wherever the name “Jesus” is heard, whether reading the Scriptures, or whenever His name is mentioned. He is to be exalted “above every name,” and it would be proper for all in heaven and on earth to worship Him, and that the time will come when He will be acknowledged everywhere as Lord. The bowing of the knee simply expresses reverence, respect, and worship.

The late Paul Harvey said: “I don’t believe in Santa Claus, but I’m not going to sue somebody for singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December. I don’t agree with Darwin, but I didn’t go out and hire a lawyer when my high school teacher taught his theory of evolution. Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered because someone says a 30-second prayer before a football game. So what’s the big deal? It’s not like somebody is up there reading the entire book of Acts. They’re just talking to a God they believe in and asking him to grant safety to the players on the field and the fans going home from the game. “But it’s a Christian prayer,” some will argue. Yes, and this is the United States of America, a country founded on Christian principles. According to our very own phone book, Christian churches outnumber all others better than 200-to-1. So what would you expect-somebody chanting Hare Krishna? If I went to a football game in Jerusalem, I would expect to hear a Jewish prayer. If I went to a soccer game in Baghdad, I would expect to hear a Muslim prayer. If I went to a ping pong match in China, I would expect to hear someone pray to Buddha. And I wouldn’t be offended. It wouldn’t bother me one bit. When in Rome … “But what about the atheists?” is another argument. What about them? Nobody is asking them to be baptized. We’re not going to pass the collection plate. Just humor us for 30 seconds. If that’s asking too much, bring a Walkman or a pair of ear plugs. Go to the bathroom. Visit the concession stand. Call your lawyer! Unfortunately, one or two will make that call. One or two will tell thousands what they can and cannot do. I don’t think a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world’s foundations. Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our courts strip us of all our rights. Our parents and grandparents taught us to pray before eating; to pray before we go to sleep. Our Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. Now a handful of people and their lawyers are telling us to cease praying. God, help us. And if that last sentence offends you, well … just sue me. The silent majority has been silent too long. It’s time we let that one or two who scream loud enough to be heard …. that the vast majority don’t care what they want. It is time the majority rules! It’s time we tell them, you don’t have to pray; you don’t have to say the pledge of allegiance; you don’t have to believe in God or attend services that honor Him. That is your right, and we will honor your right. But by golly, you are no longer going to take our rights away. We are fighting back … and we WILL WIN! God bless us one and all … especially those who denounce Him. God bless America, despite all her faults. She is still the greatest nation of all. God bless our service men who are fighting to protect our right to pray and worship God. May 2005 be the year the silent majority is heard and we put God back as the foundation of our Families and Institutions. Keep looking up!

The Bible says in Proverbs 22:1, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”

Ecclesiastes 7:1, “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.”

This text is speaking of Jesus’ name; emptying Himself, not of His Deity, because He was always one hundred percent God, but a laying aside of His Glory.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“WINNING YOUR WINGS!” Conclusion!

Again, God is not promising to make all things work out good, but He is working on our attitudes, and then He does what He originally planned in our lives. Enlarged trouble is only the beginning, because there is a second step in the process:

GOD ENLARGED DAVID

Psalm 4:1, “Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress.”

Enlarged troubles can produce enlarged saints. I say “can” because not all

Christians come out giants; some will come out of their trouble as midgets. Look at King Saul and David … David came out a giant and Saul a midget – small in faith, obedience, and outlook. Saul was a big man physically, but small spiritually.

We have no evidence that David was a big man physically, but we know that he was a giant spiritually. How did David get that way? His enlarged trouble made him an enlarged saint that trusted God.

Our response determines how long difficulty will last. When God allows us to go into the furnace of affliction, He always keeps His eye on the temperature. He knows how much you can take and how long the trial should last, but He also watches to see if the trial accomplishes what it should. Enlarged troubles can lead to enlarged Christians, and:

DAVID WAS PUT IN AN ENLARGED PLACE

God uses enlarged trials to produce enlarged saints so He can put them into enlarged places. All of God’s giants have experienced suffering in one way or another.

Joseph spent 13 years as a forgotten servant – even in prison on a false charge, because God was getting him ready for a bigger place.

God must prepare us for what He has in store for us, and a part of the preparation is the furnace of affliction. Now we can understand why David had to experience so many storms in his life.

God had chosen him to fill a big place, and David had to be enlarged. Had David gotten his request for “wings like a dove,” and flown away from the storm, he would have wasted all the suffering and still would have been unprepared for his great opportunities to serve God.

Instead of getting “wings like a dove,” he received “wings like an eagle,” and flew right into the face of the storm and triumphed over it.  But, there is one more step:

Psalm 18:36, “Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.”

An enlarged place can be a dangerous place if we don’t know how to take giant steps of faith and walk with God. If you plan to walk by faith, then you must learn to take “giant steps,” and this means you must expect troubles.

The children of Israel needed to be in the wilderness to enlarge them to take their inheritance. The new generations were bigger people and had learned to live in bigger places. There is no way to escape the principle: If you want to take giant steps in an enlarged place, then you must become an enlarged Christian.

It is important to “win our wings” in our Christian life. There is no “honorary degree” in the battle of life, and you have to win your own wings. No one can do it for you. The quitter wants wings like David, but is unwilling to pay the price. God has many enlarged places in this world that desperately need to be filled. He is looking for enlarged Christians to fill the enlarged places, and be prepared to take some giant steps. Learn to fly with wings as an eagle!