Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
Praise To His Name
The joy of the first day of the week is a time we can gather with fellow saints and give praise to the name of Jesus Christ. “There is a name I love to hear, I love to sing its worth; it sounds like music in mine ear, the sweetest name on earth. It tells me of a Savior’s love, who died to set me free; it tells me of His precious blood, the sinner’s perfect plea. It tells of one whose loving heart can feel my deepest woe; who in each sorrow bears a part, than none can bear below.” (F. Whitfield).
Today is a day to remember the precious name of the one who gave up equality with God to become the visage of a fleshly man. His name is branded on our hearts by His love, His sacrifice, His example and His promises. When we take on the name of ‘Christian’ we bear his name upon our lives. His name is my name. His name is my life.
When Philip preached salvation to the man from Ethiopia, he “preached Jesus to him.” We can do nothing less than tell people of what the name of Jesus means to us. Exalting His name is to mold our character to rightly wear His name. It is a cross for us to bear His name but we have been given the merciful grace of the Father to call His son our Brother, our Savior, our King and our Lord.
As the psalmist gave praise to the Father, may we honor Jesus with praise due Him as our Lord and King. “Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its going down the Lord’s name is to be praised” (Psalm 113:1-3).
Whatever may be the surprises of the future, Jesus will never be surpassed. His worship will grow young without ceasing; his legend will call forth tears without end; his sufferings will melt the noblest hearts; all ages will proclaim that among the sons of men there is none born greater than Jesus. (Ernest Renan, St. Paul, 1869).