Summary: Topic: Jesus’ name defines our relationship to him, and his relationship to us. Application: He wants to guide you through your daily life.

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A Name Above all Names

What’s in a name?

1. A name does more than simply identify one among many. Often a name evokes the image of a person, as well as events, hopes, and joys tied to that person.

2. In Biblical times, people placed great importance on a name; it defined their character and nature.

Topic: Jesus’ name defines our relationship to him, and his relationship to us.

Application: He wants to guide you through your daily life.

William Barclay, the great theologian who has studied the life and work of Jesus in keen detail, says in Jesus As They Saw Him (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdman, 1978):

"It is no accident that our Lord was called by the name Jesus. That name sums up the things which He came into the world to do and which only He can do. He came to be the divine Rescuer who alone can deliver men from the consequences and from the grip of sin; He came to be the divine Physician who alone can bring healing to the bodies and souls of men."

1. It is the name above all other names

Philippians 2:9-11 ...God ... gave him the name that is above every name, [10] that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, [11] and every tongue confess that JESUS CHRIST is LORD, to the glory of God the Father.

2. The name of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, has power over sin, sickness, demons, death, and more.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe

3. We find salvation by calling on Jesus’ Name.

Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

4. It is a name all nations can place their hope

Matt 12:21 NIV

21 In his name the nations will put their hope."

5. Evan Demons fear his name

Luke 10:17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

What does Jesus Name imply?

That name tells us of Jesus’ purpose in God’s plan-that it is through Him that God saves humanity.

In Matthew 1 we find that Mary was discovered to be pregnant during her engagement to Joseph. Joseph, not wanting to embarrass this young woman he loved, was considering how to best handle the difficult situation.

"But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ’Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins’" (Matthew 1 verses 20, 21).

The New Testament was written in Greek, and the name "Jesus" here means the same in Greek as the Hebrew name "Joshua." "Joshua" means literally God is salvation. So the angel’s message to Joseph was "You shall call His name ’God is salvation,’ for He will save His people from their sins."

His Name tells us:

1. Jesus Name tells of what he does

Isa 9:6 And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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