In Jesus' Name
Name above all names
Savior and our Lord
Every knee will bow
And every tongue confess
No other name is given
By which we can be saved
Let us find our life and love
In Jesus's name.
There is power in the name of Jesus. But there didn't used to be. Before Joseph was commanded by the angel in Matthew 1 to call his soon-to-be-born son Jesus, the name was in common usage, which was why when Jesus began his public ministry, he was distinguished from everyone else with that name by being called Jesus of Nazareth. The full meaning of the name - 'God saves'- only became a reality when the Son of God became flesh and had that name bestowed upon him.
Before too long, boys stopped being called Jesus because the name was synonymous with just one person--Jesus the Christ--and within a few years of his earthly ministry, millions of people instantly knew who Jesus was when the name was mentioned, and discovered the power that the name held.
The song 'In Jesus Name' is rich in scriptural references: In the first verse there are echoes of a passage in Isaiah 42 which foretells the ministry of Jesus the Messiah and declares:
'I am the Lord; that is my name!'
Whilst the chorus blends together the words of the apostle Paul in Philippians 2:
Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
...along with Peter's words to the Sanhedrin in Acts 4:
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 raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is “ 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.' Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Jesus is indeed the name above all names--the name by which we are saved, by which we can cast out demons and even raise the dead. The name for which His followers are willing to die for; the name that many try to ridicule and destroy; the name which ultimately will cause all of creation to bow down and worship.
Followers of Jesus have the tremendous privilege of being able to pray 'in the name of Jesus'--this isn't just a nice tradition! It brings the holy and awesome power of God to bear in our circumstances and situation, it places us in His eternal purposes and defeats the evil one. It's by that very name that we are ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven.
'Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.' John 1.12
Written by Nigel James (THIRD DAY’s Road Pastor)