I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? (John 5:43-44)
He Came In His Father’s Name
The Jews were angry with Jesus because He healed a man on the Sabbath. They could not see the miracle of healing for the forest of hypocritical trees blinding their hearts to believe He was the Son of God. Their anger was to the boiling point of seeking ways to kill Him. In answer to their charges Jesus admonishes them that healing a man infirmed for thirty-six years was a testimony that God was His father. No man could do the miracles the man from Nazareth did without being the divine son of God. What the Jews saw with their own eyes confirmed the power of God seen throughout their history. The proof of raising men from the dead would be the Son’s greatest testimony as the Father would raise Him from the dead.
Jesus declared His teaching to be from God and the authority of His word was from the relationship He shared with Jehovah. He was God. His message of eternal life came from the voice of His Father. His judgment came from His Father. Everything He did was in the name of His Father. John the Baptist had testified that Jesus was the Son of God. The miracles of healing, casting out demons, walking on water, raising the dead and many more were ample proofs He was the Son of God. The Father declared His blessing on His Son at His baptism. Moses and the Prophets declared Jesus to be the Son of God. Nothing Jesus said was different than what the Father had told Him to say. Jesus did not come in His own name. He came in the name of His Father and His name alone.
We are children of God. Jesus is our brother as we share the inheritance of glory with Him. Jesus declared the Father through His life so we must share the image of the Father by the way we conduct our lives. Jesus came to express the name of God upon the hearts of men. Our walk as disciples of Christ should always be to exalt the name of God. Wearing the name of Christ is wearing the name of the Father. Everything we do in life is a reflection on how we carry the name of God before others. People will know whether we are of the Father by the manner of our speech, our behavior, the way we dress and our love for others. Letting our light shine is reflecting the image of God in a world of darkness.
It is a challenge to live in the world without looking like the world. The greatest trouble most Christian’s have is they look more like the world than the Father. The types of clothes we wear exemplify the character of our heart. The questions we should ask before going out for the day is whether our heavenly Father is glorified in our attitudes. Does my speech reflect the voice of the word of God giving glory to His name in my life? Jesus left a pattern of devotion to do all things in the name of His Father and we cannot do any less. He came in the name of His Father. As we begin a new week let us resolve to make this week a time of glory for God in how we bear His name before others. Let our friends know that we are children of God – His child.
You are called Christian. Be careful of that name. Let not our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, be blasphemed on your account. (Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechetical Lectures, 350)