Why God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
I. The MEANING of the name (Matthew 1:18, etc.) — Saviour, "for He shall save His people from their sins." Who shall save? "He." Not we or they. If I could save myself, Christ would be no more Jesus to me.
II. Its POWER.
1. It has power as an authority. It gave Peter and John authority to heal the cripple, Paul and Silas to dispossess the damsel of the devil, and all to proclaim salvation.
2. As a test (Colossians 3:17) of lawfulness and unlawfulness, etc. "Can I do this or that in this name?"
3. As a plea; in prayer for pardon and blessing. "Whatsoever ye ask the Father in My name," etc.
III. ITS MAJESTY. There have been great names in the world — Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon; but these have little majesty compared with those of Abraham, David, and Paul. But there are names higher than these — Michael, Gabriel. But all these are dim as fading stars compared with His, whose glory is as the rising sun, whose beams shall illumine a whole universe. At it all shall one day bend the knee.
IV. Its PRECIOUSNESS. What makes the name of home precious? Its hallowed associations. And round this name do cluster the sweetest memories, endearing it to pardoned sinners. Whisper that one word Jesus, and I think of Bethlehem and Calvary, and faces of the dear departed rise before me, and I hear once more the old songs, and see the light of former Sabbaths. All heaven is hidden in the name, and all hopes hang upon it.
(H. G. Guinness.)
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