No Other Name!

Scripture reading for June 6th: Acts 4:1-37

From the beginning of man’s history, he was to exercise authority in using names.    (Genesis 2:19-20)  God gave Mary the name for their supernaturally conceived son through the angel Gabriel.  (Luke 1:30-32) “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name ‘Jesus’.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.” The name of Jesus was to be special and powerful.

“On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise Him, He was named ‘Jesus’, the name the angel had given Him before He had been conceived.”(Luke 2:21)   His Name would be linked to perfect obedience of God’s law and He would be the salvation of His people Israel as well as the world!

Jesus gave His name to His disciples as a gift prior to the crucifixion.  “In that day you will ask Me anything.  I tell you the truth, My Father will give you whatever you ask in My name.  Until now you have not asked for anything in My name.  Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” (John 16:22-24)  The Name of Jesus was to bring authority and the disciples were to use their own lips to ask the Father for what they needed in that Wonderful Name!

Peter and John were standing before the rulers and elders of Israel who had crucified Jesus because they had used the Name of Jesus.  These rulers asked the disciples, “By what power or what name did you do this?”  “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people!  If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raise from the dead, that this man stands before you healed!” (Acts 4:7-10)

The name of Jesus is like no other name!  “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)  Have you taken the name of Jesus for your own?

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