Sermon:
Cornerstone Church July 4, 2004

JESUS – THERE IS JUST SOMETHING ABOUT THAT NAME!
Matthew 1:21

Imagine trying to distinguish me from the other Six billion people living on planet earth. It is almost an impossible task. There are several identification marks that will help you to locate me!

USA identifies which Country I live in from the other 200 or more Countries.

California identifies which state I live in from the other 50 States.

Yuba City identifies which city I live in from the other cities in California.

My street address and zip code help identify the street and house in which I live.

But there is one more additional mark which identifies me from the other seven people who live at 1605 Bradley Estates Drive, Yuba City, California - USA and that identifying mark is my name.

It is a very specific name. I am Richard Adam Finitzer, Jr. The junior is added so that you will not mistake me from my father.

Idea modified from: JESUS, WHO IS HE? by Tim LaHaye, pg. 178

NAMES ARE IMPORTANT!

NAME BRANDS – Starbucks, Levi, Nike, Sony, Liz Claiborne, Bayliner, Nintendo

NAME DROPPERS – People playing off of other people’s names. I know Bill Gates (I do, but he is a car dealer in Indiana!)

NAME RECOGNITION – FedEx, UPS, Microsoft, IBM, Ford, Honda, Michael Jordan

DOMAIN NAMES – www.google.com, www.yahoo.com, and your favorite www.considercornerstone.com

The Word of God says this about our name:

Prov 22:1 NIV A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Ecc 7:1 NIV A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.

Names evoke feeling and emotion within us. This can be positive or negative.

George Washington Richard Milhous Nixon

Abraham Lincoln (honest Abe) William Jefferson Clinton (dishonest Bill)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon Jim Jones

Alexander the Great Genghis Khan

Dr. James Dobson Dr. Benjamin Spock

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare asks the question:

“What is in a name?

That which we call a rose by any other name
would smell as sweet.”

There is only ONE NAME on all of planet earth that is worthy of honor and praise.

It is the NAME, Jesus! Jesus, what a Name!

Think about it!

“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.”

Jesus, has by His enemies been called:

Lunatic Blasphemer
Fraud Beelzebub
Deceiver Glutton
Drunkard Mystic
Opportunist The illegitimate son of Joseph

FOR THOSE WHO KNOW HIM, HIS NAME SPEAKS:

COMFORT

“Jesus! the Name that charms our fears, That bids our sorrows cease,
‘Tis music to the sinner’s ears, ‘Tis life and health