Summary: We’re examining the name of Jesus—the name that is above all names! Let’s look at the 5 “E’s” about the Name of Jesus.
ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS’ NAME!
A. HUMOR: KITTEN CHURCH MEMBERS
1. A mother looked out a window and saw Johnny playing church with their three kittens.
2. He had them lined up and was preaching to them. The mother turned around to do some work.
3. A while later she heard meowing and scratching on the door. She went to the window and saw Johnny was BAPTIZING the kittens.
4. She opened the window and said, "Johnny, stop that! You’ll drown those kittens.”
5. Johnny looked at her and said with much conviction in his voice: "They shoulda had thought about that before they joined MY church." [Jeff Strite]
B. NAMES ARE IMPORTANT
a. You’re standing in a crowded, noisy room—and someone calls your name. Instantly your ears perk up because that combination of sounds means something special to you.
b. Family members travel long distances to memorials like the Vietnam Memorial where they search where they search for their loved one’s name.
c. When they find it they run their fingers over it or make a tracing of that name on paper. Our names are precious!
a. I’m reminded of the story of the little girl who went to Vacation Bible School. The teacher gave everyone yarn name-tags to wear around their necks.
b. After the recreation time, one little girl, whose name tag had slipped behind her, came running up to her teacher and excitedly proclaimed, “Teacher, Teacher, I lost my price tag!”
a. One psychologist studied the names of 15,000 juvenile delinquents and he discovered that those with odd or embarrassing names were in trouble four times as much as kids who had more traditional—accepted names.
b. A Vietnamese man named his son Mai Phat Sau Nghin Ruoi, which means "Fined Six Thousand Five Hundred", which is how much it cost him for ignoring the country's two-child policy. Malaysia has even had to ban some names: Ah Gong, which means Unsound Mind; Sum Seng, which means Gangster; and Chow Tow, which means Smelly Head.
4. SPIRITUALLY. In Scripture many names have spiritual significance.
a. “Moses” means “drawn out.”
b. “Esau” means “hairy” or “red.”
c. “Jacob” means “heel grabber.”
d. “Peter” means “rock.”
5. All the more significant is the NAME OF JESUS. “The angel said, ‘You are to give Him the name JESUS, because He will save His people from their sins’” Mt. 1:21.
D. TEXT & THESIS
5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and 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.