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

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.

2. Jesus Name tells of his power

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

3. Jesus Name tells of who he is

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

4. Jesus Name tells of why he came

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

There are two hundred and fifty-six names given in the Bible for the Lord Jesus Christ, and I suppose this was because He was infinitely beyond all that any one name could express.

Let’s look at what can be done when one has faith in Jesus name.

Acts 3:1-8 NIV

3:1 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer — at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!" 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

6 Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

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