Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Power of a Name

"For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,

'The stone that you builders rejected

has now become the cornerstone.’

There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12NLT

Have you noticed that these days, parents name their children names that are not commonly used as names for humans. For example--Hunter, Forrest, Apple, Sierra--the list could go on. Why? What's wrong with Mary, Fred, David, John, Susan? Nothing. It's just that the trend is to name your child a name that is unique, memorable. A name that will get them far in life. That is strong and solid.

Do you ever wonder what the name "Jesus" means? This is what Easton's Bible Dictionary says, "Jesus the Christ is Jesus the Great Deliverer, the Anointed One, the Saviour of men. This name denotes that Jesus was divinely appointed, commissioned, and accredited as the Saviour of men."

Wow! Then you read this scripture--"God has given no other name under heaven by which we are saved." Talk about a name that is unique. That is strong and solid. That will get you far in life.

The part that I keep coming back to is this: "There is salvation in no one else!" No one else. Salvation isn't necessarily in what we do or don't do. It's not in our acts. It's in HIM. It's in the holy name of Jesus. Isn't that freeing? Does it help release you from the yoke of: "I'm just no good. I will never be the 100% perfect person I need to be to be saved. So why even try?"

Please accept this. Please know that all you need to do to have Jesus Christ in your life is to call His Name. Cry out and confess you need HIM. That you are sorry for your past and you want Him in your future. Jesus Christ will gently, graciously wrap His loving arms around you and pull you into Him.

The power of a Name. You can stop searching, you're home!

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