February 2021 – The Month of the “Name of Jesus Christ the Lord
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, Philippians 2:10
We thank God for January 2021, the month of Alpha and Omega. In Revelation 1:8 and Revelation 22:13, Christ is saying, “I am the first and the last, the beginning and the ending.” It is interesting that this title is put at the very beginning and end of Revelation. The title of Alpha & Omega teaches us the pre-existence, pre-eminent and the perpetuals of Jesus Christ.
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, Philippians 2:10.
What is in a name? More than we think. Names are important! They label us, identify our character, condition, or the events that took place in the life of our parents at the time of our birth. 1 Samuel 25:25b says “For as his name is, so is he: Nabal is his name, and folly is with him.”
The titles and names given to Jesus Christ, were not given by accident, but give us His divine purpose for us and a divine message. The Lord Jesus Christ is one of the most beautiful names that has ever graced the lips of mortal man. It is a name that invokes calm, freedom, and rest in the believer or conflict, fury, and rebellion in the unbeliever or backslider.
The name of Jesus is a precious, powerful name:
A Saving Name- Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved ( Acts 4:12).
A Precious Name- Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner (1 Peter 2:7). A Powerful Name- And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full (John 16:23-24). Colossians 3:17- And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
A Comforting Name- And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). Jesus Christ says “come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
An Exalted Name- Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name (Philippians 2:9).
As we look through the Bible, we find a host of names and titles for the Lord Jesus Christ. The hope we have in Jesus Christ is an anchor of our soul. He is our hope. Paul expressed it this way in 1 Timothy 1:1, Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope.
To the Christian, the name of Jesus is a precious ointment poured forth. In His name, the forgiveness of sin is preached. In His name, we come to God in prayer. True believers who love God’s Son, gladly own, and bear His name in all places. Jesus is no longer the baby in a cradle or the Savior on the cross. He is risen and is King of all kings. Jesus Christ is Lord! Jesus Christ is our Advocate and propitiation before God for us and for the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2 says “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”
In Acts 3:6, Apostle Peter told the lame man at the beautiful gate that “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” In the name of Jesus this lame man who never walked in his entire life, who never stood on his feet, was healed immediately by the power of God. In the same manner, the salvation of a person’s soul is immediate when he or she puts faith in Christ for eternal life.
If your life is crippled by sin, then come to Jesus to save your soul. Admit that you are a sinner, confess your sins before God, and repent and turn from those sins. Accept the fact that Jesus Christ came to the earth in the flesh to die on the cross for all your sins, that He rose from the dead on the third day, and then be willing to accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior. As many as come to Him, He will not cast away (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9, Romans 10:9).
Jesus Christ is our Rock and Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:19-20). As our rock, Jesus gives us strength. Rocks are strong. You need strength when you are weak, weary, and worried. Christ provides this for us, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower “(Psalm 18:2).
Welcome to February 2021, the month of the “Name of Jesus Christ the Lord.” May the power in the name of Jesus avail for you in Jesus’ name.
Yours in Him,
Pastor Lillian Haastrup