Jesus, A Wonderful/Powerful Name

I have based this Christmas sermon series on the song, “What a Beautiful Name,” ┬ábecause it emphasizes the reasons God sent His only Son, Jesus, to rescue us from our sins.

In part one of this series we looked at the beautiful name of Jesus; how that the name Jesus was relayed to Joseph, in a dream and how that the name Jesus means, Jehovah is Salvation or, Savior. Today we’ll conclude this series with a look at how the name of Jesus is both wonderful and powerful.

When we think about wonderful things we think about things which bring wonder and awe to our minds and spirits. Living where we do, it’s not uncommon for us to look into a clear, winter night sky and see indescribable displays of the aurora borealis; northern lights. For those who have seen the northern lights you’re familiar with the fact that they look like curtains which are hung upside down. The lights streak upward from a definite lower edge and feather away at the top.

I read once that the lower edge of the northern lights is approximately 180 miles above the earth. This gives perspective to the enormity of these displays. They streak upward for hundreds of miles and the curtains are often thousands of miles in length. So when I see the northern lights I am filled with awe and wonder at their sheer vastness.

Of course, the world is filled with countless natural, and not so natural, wonders, as well; things we marvel at when we see them. The Grand Canyon and New York City come to mind.

Imagine the wonder the world experienced as Jesus ministered to the people He encountered during His life. At the age of twelve he was found reasoning with the teachers in the temple and those who heard him were, “…amazed at his understanding and his answers.” (Luke 2:41-47)

On other occasions Jesus fed multitudes of people, healed those who were crippled, leprous, blind, and insane. He raised Lazarus from the dead and provided boatloads of fish to frustrated fishermen. Above all, He showed the world the heart and nature of God.

Every where Jesus went people were amazed by his words and deeds. And today we continue to be in awe at the love of God which compelled Him to come to earth to be the sacrifice for our sins. Such love fills us with wonder.

The wonder and power of Jesus are closely tied. We are in awe, often times, because of His power. People who lived when Jesus lived and who witnessed his power to heal and to perform miracles of provision were filled with wonder because His power was beyond anything they had ever seen.

I have long believed that the miracles Jesus performed, in addition to meeting the urgent needs of those seeking His help, were also a visible demonstration of His power which would also prove He could save us from our sins. After all, if Jesus could raise someone from the dead, I might be inclined to also believe He could also deliver me from my sins.

And, of course, the ultimate display of His power was His power over ┬ádeath and the grave. The Apostle Paul declared that Jesus, “…was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead…” (Romans 1:4) In other words, the resurrection was the powerful proof that Jesus was the Son of God. When Jesus rose from the dead He proved that there was nothing on earth beyond His power. That, my friends, is great news for all of us.

There is nothing that you are facing, no problem too big, no threat so severe, that Jesus cannot handle. His power is just as real today as it was when He was on earth. There is no greater comfort in our times of need than the assurance that Jesus is aware of our situation and is more powerful than anything we are facing.

The name of Jesus is wonderful because through His name we have peace with our Heavenly Father and we have healing for the infirmities of our bodies and minds. We also have His power within us through His Holy Spirit which is with us all of the time.

Jesus! It’s a wonderful name and it’s a powerful name. And as I pointed out before, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) Through the name of Jesus our relationship with God is restored.

That’s what makes the wonderful, powerful name of Jesus the name above all names.

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