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Summary: 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,

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 and peace.”

Charles Wesley – “O FOR A THOUSAND TONGUES”

STRENGTH

“All hail the power of Jesus’ name! Let angels prostrate fall;

Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of All!

Edward Perronet; adapted by John Rippon – “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”

SALVATION

“Wonderful grace of Jesus, Greater than all my sin;

How shall my tongue describe it, Where shall it’s praise begin?

Taking away my burden, Setting my spirit free,

For the wonderful Grace of Jesus reaches me.”

Haldor Lillenas – “WONDERFUL GRACE OF JESUS”

OUTLINE (outline modified from an unknown source):

JESUS IDENTIFIES HIM WITH HIS PERSON

JESUS IDENTIFIES HIM WITH HIS PURPOSE

JESUS IDENTIFIES HIM WITH HIS PEOPLE

JESUS IDENTIFIES HIM WITH HIS PRAISE

JESUS IDENTIFIES HIM WITH HIS PERSON

Mary was espoused to Joseph and was found to be with child. You can imagine how Joseph felt. Betrayed! Hurt! Angry! Pregnant, and you didn’t even know a man! Even in the ancient world they knew where babies originated.

Joseph was a righteous man and wanted to keep the matter private. At night, an angel spoke to Joseph in a dream and revealed this fact to Joseph.

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give

him the name Jesus, because he will save

his people from their sins.”

Matt. 1:21 NIV

Imperative: You are to give Him the Name Jesus.

Greek = Iesous (which is a transliteration of the Hebrew)

Hebrew = Yeshu’a (OT Joshua)

JEHOVAH will save

JEHOVAH is help

Isa 43:11 NIV I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.

Isa 9:6 NIV For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Further testimony:

Angel to Shepherds

Luke 2:10-11 NIV But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

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