Summary: A sermon on power of calling on Jesus’ name. It explores how calling on the name of Jesus can save, heal, and strengthen us.
There IS Power In The Name Of Jesus
3He is the radiance of His glory, the exact expression of His nature, and He sustains all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. 4So He became higher in rank than the angels, just as the name He inherited is superior to theirs.
How many times in the last few years have you heard people take the name of God in vain, how often on T.V. have you heard Jesus being mocked? Man no longer fears or cares about God or even believe in the power of God. We better realize the power that the name of Jesus holds.
When we say father we are immediately in the presence of God. Immediately we have His full attention. What power is that, just at the mention of his name? Just by saying His name we are in His presence. Have you ever really thought about how awesome that is. And we have adults and kids that on a daily bases use His glorious name for profanity. They don’t realize that they are really praising Satan whenever they use the Lord’s name in vain. And that one day they will have to answer for that.
This morning I want us to look at the power that is in the name of Jesus. I want us to see exactly what His name does for us when we say it for His honor and glory. To often we go about our daily life happy and blissful never thinking for one moment about our Lord and Savior. When we come to obstacles in life instead of turning to Jesus for help we turn away from Him. We try to solve the problem on our own, or we buy a self help book, get advice from friends or family. We may even go to a complete stranger for help before we turn to Jesus for help.
Why is that? Here we are supposed to be serving an all powerful God and we don’t believe He can or will handle our problems. The main reason why is that for so long we have developed a case of pew sitting. We come to church on Sunday morning, we hear a sermon as we sit in our pews and we go home. We never think about the sermon again or to put the message into practice in our lives. We say I have done my duty and that is it until next Sunday morning. We have developed a generation of pew sitters that don’t expect anything more from God than a sermon on Sunday morning from the Preacher. We don’t develop a dependence on God. We don’t see Him at work in our lives because we don’t watch for it we say look at what I have accomplished or done in my life. We have accomplished or done nothing in our life God did it all. The reason why they don’t serve Him fully is because they believe they are serving Him fully by showing up on Sunday morning. They have come to believe Satan’s lies that service to God is showing up on Sunday morning. They believe this because that is what they have been taught by their parents and the church. Preachers have quite preaching service to God because it makes people mad and they leave. People naturally don’t like to be told they are wrong and they naturally want to do the least that they feel like they can get by with. So they go where they can do it their way.
This morning God has sent us a sermon to tell us that this is not true. We serve a mighty God, we serve a powerful God we serve a jealous God. God’s name is powerful, and Jesus’ name is power because they are almighty. We serve an almighty God. One who Loves us but on who also expects us to worship and serve Him.
The Call to Worship had just been pronounced starting Easter Sunday Morning service in an East Texas church. The choir started its processional, singing "Up from the Grave He Arose" as they marched in perfect step down the center aisle to the front of the church. The last lady was wearing shoes with very slender heels. Without a thought for her fancy heels, she marched toward the grating that covered that hot air register in the middle of the aisle. Suddenly the heel of one shoe sank into the hole in the register grate. In a flash she realized her predicament. Not wishing to hold up the whole processional, without missing a step, she slipped her foot out of her shoe and continued marching down the aisle. There wasn’t a hitch. The processional moved with clock-like precision. The first man after her spotted the situation and without losing a step, reached down and pulled up her shoe, but the entire grate came with it! Surprised, but still singing, the man kept on going down the aisle, holding in his hand the grate with the shoe attached. Everything still moved like clockwork. Still in tune and still in step, the next man in line stepped into the open register and disappeared from sight. The service took on a special meaning that Sunday, for just as the choir ended with "Allelujah! Christ arose!" a voice was heard under the church shouting…"I hope all of you are out of the way ‘cause I’m coming out now!" The little girl closest to the aisle shouted, "Come on, Jesus! We’ll stay out of the way."