Luke 2:21-24 – 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. When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord"), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."
Joseph and Mary were faithful to do what the Lord had instructed them through the angel. On the eighth day, at His circumcision, they named Him Jesus!
Jesus…. The mere mention of His name can calm the storm, heal the broken, raise the dead.
At the name of Jesus, I've seen sin hardened men melted, derelicts transformed and the lights of hope put in the eyes of a hopeless child. At the name of Jesus, hatred and bitterness turn to love and forgiveness, arguments cease. I've heard a mother softly breathe His name at the bedside of a child delirious from fever, and watched… as that little body grew quiet, and fevered brow cooled.
I've sat the side of a dying saint. Her body wracked with pain, who in those final fleeting seconds summoned her last ounce of ebbing strength, just to whisper Earth's sweetest name.
Emperors have tried to destroy it. Philosophies have tried to stamp it out. Tyrants have tried to wash it from the face of the Earth with the very blood of those who claimed it. Yet it still stands.
And there shall be that final day when every voice that has ever uttered a sound, every voice of Adam's race, shall raise in one mighty chorus to proclaim the name of Jesus.
For in that day, every knee shall bow, every tongue shall confess, that Jesus Christ is truly Lord.
You see, it was not by mere chance that caused the angel one night, long ago to say to a virgin maiden: His name, His name shall be called Jesus….Jesus….Jesus…..
You know, there is something, something about that name…….. (~Gloria Gaither)
Jesus told His disciples that He would do whatever they ask in His name (John 14:13,14). There’s something about that name! Repentance and baptism bring forgiveness of sins – in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38)! Healing comes through the name of Jesus (Acts 3:16). (Acts 4:12) – Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross! 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 confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:8-11). There’s just something about that name – the name the angel had given Him!
- Meet together with at least 1 or 2 other believers to enter the Throne Room of Grace.
- Join our 6:00pm Thursday night prayer team.
- Be thankful for forgiveness of sins, healing and salvation – Praise the name of Jesus!
- Pray for the Good News families of the week: Greg Conibear, Juan and Jennifer Davila (Arianna, Angelina, Gabriella), Jim & Carol DeYaeger, Stephanie DeYaeger.
- Glorify God – bow your knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!
- Celebrate Resurrection – He is risen from the dead! He is Lord! Jesus Christ is Lord!
- Come to the Father through Jesus His Son, and give Him the glory, great things He has done!
- Attend “In Touch” Prayer meeting at GNCC at 10:30am or join in prayer at that time.
- Pray that others will believe in their hearts and confess with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord!
- Praise God for the name that is above every name – Jesus!
Prayer Challenge: Pray that God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. Pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.– 2 Thessalonians 1:11,12. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him – Colossians 3:17.