Text: Hebrews 1:3; Philippians 2:9-11
Well, it’s the Christmas Season once more (2013). And like most people, I love to put some old CD’s on and listen to my all-time favorites. One of those favorites, although not traditionally known as a Christmas song, in my mind… is certainly a CHRISTMAS SONG: There’s Something About That Name.
In 1970, Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote the music and lyrics to favorite of mine:
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus;
There’s just something about that name!
Master, Savior, Jesus,
Like the fragrance after the rain,
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
Let all heaven and earth proclaim;
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away,
But there’s something about that name!
Each one of us possesses a name…
This name given to us is usually by our parents. Perhaps we were named after some relative, or were just given a name our parents liked. Whatever the reason, however you came by your name, it probably came with no great significance.
My name for the record, is Melvin Dale… MEL means “chief”; DALE means “valley”. Put them together…Chief of the Valley. Did my parents have any idea of the meaning before they named me? Not so. DALE is my father’s middle name and MELVIN came from my mother’s brother who died in infancy.
THE “POWER” THAT THE NAME OF JESUS HOLDS!
When we say Father (God), we’re immediately in the presence of God; we immediately have His full attention. Have you ever really thought how awesome that is?
We Serve A Mighty God! We Serve An Almighty God!
God certainly loves us, but He also expects us to worship and serve Him.
God calls us to be “servants”…Romans 6:18, 22:
 Having been set free from sin, you have become servants of righteousness.”
 Now since (you–insert your own name) have been set free from sin and have become SLAVES…[servants] of God, you have your present reward in holiness and its end is eternal life.”
The word “servant” sometimes makes the hair on our arms stand up straight. We might be thinking as we hear the word, “I’m not a ‘servant’, I’m a child of a King.” So, we often put our own definition behind what the word conveys… making it more palatable as we swallow it.
“PALATABLE” EXAMPLES: In Giving Football Terms to Our Religious Experiences on Sundays–
Many of us our big fans to American Football. Our entire life is surrounded by the local teams, college or professional. We get enthused, even excited over the possibilities that come from attending the “Big Game.”
I found during my detective investigation this week of FOOTBALL EXAMPLES that could be applied to some of our expressions in “serving” on Sunday mornings in America:
QUARTERBACK SNEAK – When church participants leave during the invitation.
DRAW PLAY – What many children do to the bulletin during worship.
HALF-TIME – The period between Sunday school and worship when many attendees choose to leave.
BENCH-WARMER – Those who do not sing, pray, work, or apparently do anything but sit.
BACKFIELD-IN-MOTION – (I sometimes would like to throw a” penalty flag” here) Making a trip to the back restroom or water fountain during the service.
STAYING IN THE POCKET – What happens to the “offering” and the “tithe” that should be given joyfully.
TWO-MINUTE WARNING – The point at which you realize your pastor’s message is almost over and begin to gather up the kids and belongings.
SUDDEN DEATH – What happens to the attention span of the congregation if the pastor/preacher goes “overtime.”
TRAP – You’re called on to pray and are asleep with your eyes open.
END RUN – Getting out of church quickly, without speaking to any guest or others gathered on Sunday.
HALFBACK OPTION – The decision of 50% of the congregation to…NOT return to the evening service.
THE BLITZ – The rush for the nearest restaurant following the closing prayer (personally one of my favorites).
WHAT MAKES THE NAME OF JESUS SO POWERFUL?
Hebrews 1:3 further explains the POWER of the Name of Jesus:
“He [JESUS] is the sole expression of the glory of God, and He [JESUS] is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He [Jesus] sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high” (Amplified and the Word Detective’s adding for emphasis).
“All Hail the “Power” of Jesus’ Name”
That old hymn written by Edward Perronet was based upon the bible verse… “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised” – Psalm 145:3:
“All hail the power of Jesus’ name! Let angels prostrate fall; Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of all”.
BIBLE VERSES CONCERNING THE “POWER” OF JESUS’ NAME AND THE BENEFITS:
Acts 2:28: And Peter answered them, REPENT (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be BAPTIZED, every one of you, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the (gift) of the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 4:30: While You stretch out Your hand to cure and to perform signs and wonders through the authority and by the POWER of the NAME of Your holy Child and Servant JESUS.
Acts 8:12: But when they BELIEVED the good news (the Gospel) about the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST (the Messiah) as Philip preached it, they were BAPTIZED, both men and women.
Colossians 3:17: And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, DO EVERYTHING IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.
Now there are several more bible verses pertaining to the POWER of Jesus’ Name: John 14:13, 14; John 16:24; Mark 9:39; 16:17, just to mention a few. I’m sure you have many more written on your heart (and your refrigerator).
How We Should Use the Name of JESUS.
 That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  And every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10, 11 AMP).
Right now, those who believe in JESUS acknowledge Him in this lifetime as Lord and Savior; they already have the POWER and AUTHORITY to use His Name because He says so in His Word.
Those who do not believe, don’t have the authority to use the power in Jesus’ Name. But one day, every tongue, yes the unsaved… and in heaven, earth, or under the earth will bow down and accept Jesus. Unfortunately, the outcome of living an eternity in Hell, is made clear at the time of judgement.
“But I don’t believe in Hell!”
Whether you believe in something or not; it doesn’t change the truth of God’s Word.
God has set the NAME of His Son Jesus above every other name.
That Is The Lord We Serve–
We serve a Mighty Master…
We serve a Risen Savior…
He is exalted (Lifted up) above all others…
Jesus sits on the right hand of God…
Today, He is our intercessor (our mediator, our go-between) with God.
JESUS’ NAME IS POWERFUL BECAUSE…
WHOEVER CALLS UPON IT WILL BE SAVED!
“And it shall be that whoever shall call upon the NAME of the Lord [invoking, adoring, and worshiping the Lord–Christ] SHALL BE SAVED” (Acts 2:21).
“This [Jesus] is the Stone which was despised and rejected by you, the builders, but which has become the Head of the corner [the Cornerstone]. And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other NAME under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved” (Acts 4:11, 12).
BUDDHA can’t SAVE you…
MOHAMMED can’t SAVE you…
No other name can save you; only the NAME OF JESUS leads to your salvation.
Why Don’t We Apply the “Power”?
The POWER to heal, to perform MIRACLES, cast our demons…?
We FAIL to give Him our problems to Him because we really don’t believe He will or can handle them.
We will TRUST Him for the most important thing we have, our salvation, but we won’t trust Him with our troubles and problems. We forget about the POWER IN JESUS’ NAME that is available to those who believe!
The “Exousia” :
The Greek word for “authority” is exousia, or as Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary explains: “freedom of action, right to act; delegated authority…”; all in the name of Jesus.
“But as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12 King James Version).
A Faith Believing Story from Smith Wigglesworth–
Smith Wigglesworth was a British evangelist, born June 8, 1859 and died March 12, 1947.
This true story of his carries the theme of my POST, “All things are possible through the Name of Jesus” …if we have the FAITH to let it be done!
“THE POWER OF JESUS’ NAME” –
I want to instill into you through the following story of Mr. Wigglesworth, a sense of POWER, the virtue and glory of that Name.
Six people went into the house of a sick man to pray for him. He was an Episcopalian vicar who lay on his bed helpless without strength to help himself.
He had read a little tract about healing, heard people praying for the sick and had sent for these friends, who he thought, would pray the prayer of faith.
He was anointed according to James 5:14, but…because he had no immediate manifestation of healing, he wept bitterly.
The six people then walked out, discouraged to see the man lying there unchanged by the condition. When the six friends were outside, one of them said, “There is one thing we might have done. I wish we could all go back in and try it.”
They went back inside and all got together. This one brother said, “Let us whisper the name of Jesus.” At first, nothing seemed to happen. But as they continued to whisper, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!”, the POWER began to fall. As they saw God was beginning to work their faith… joy increased; and they whispered the NAME louder and louder.
As they did so, the man arose from his bed and dressed himself. The secret? Those men had taken their eyes off the sick man, taken up with the Lord Jesus Himself, and their faith grasped the POWER that there is in His Name.
O, if people would only appreciate their God-given AUTHORITY in the POWER there is in this NAME, there is no telling what could happen.
THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT THE NAME OF JESUS!