The Name of Jesus
Let’s not think about how the recent virus started or how corrupt a communist regime can be. Let’s not concern ourselves about the formulators of terrorism in the world. Let’s not consider all the strife in the world today. Rather, for the moment, let’s see what the Bible tells us we should be thinking about that will comfort, encourage and inspire us.
“If there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things” is what the Bible encourages us to do. Let’s go to Philippians 2:9-11. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
There are three realms listed which encompass all reality.
Heaven is the place of God's throne, and the angels and saints. Jesus is supreme there.
Earth is the realm of business and politics and homes and human experience. Jesus is supreme there.
“Under the earth” is the term to describe the home of fallen human and satanic spirits. Jesus is supreme there too.
Some of you are old enough to remember the Beatles. One of them claimed that they were more famous than Jesus. He got a lot of attention for that foolish comment, but he was a million miles wide of the mark. Philippians 2:9-11 says that God has exalted Jesus to such a lofty level of preeminence that His Name outshines every other name. “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Romans 14:11). Consider why God has so highly honoured Jesus of Nazareth.
The early verses in Philippians 2 tell us what Jesus did to deserve such high honour. We know that He was and is the Uncreated Creator. That He is God from everlasting to everlasting (Psalm 90:2). That the angels worshipped Him when He left His eternal throne to come to this earth (Hebrews 1:6). And that in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). He is the everlasting Father, as Isaiah declared (Isaiah 9:6).
These verses have all of that as background, but the immediate subject is what Jesus did on this earth over 2000 years ago which caused God the Father to make His Name, the Name of Jesus, the most exalted Name in time or eternity.
Jesus humbled Himself. He was equal with God. But he made Himself of no reputation. He took upon Himself the form of a servant. He was found in fashion as a man, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Philippians 2:7).
The eternal One became a baby in a manger.
The all-wise One grew in wisdom and stature.
The omnipotent One, when despised, answered not again.
The One too Holy to behold iniquity, became sin for us—He who knew no sin.
That is the mystery and miracle of the gospel story. The story that never grows old.
Jesus did not begin at Bethlehem. His earth journey was but one small episode in His timeless existence. The amazing thing is not that He rose from the dead on the third day, but that He walked on this earth at all. He created all things by the word of His power. We must never forget Who Jesus is. He is more than a man, He is more than a prophet, He is more than an example.
He is Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord our Banner. Jehovah-Tsidkenu, the Lord our Righteousness. If you do not know who Jesus is, you have been cheated and robbed. The greatest truth in all the world is that God sent His Son into the world that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:15-16). Eternity invaded time. Heaven’s Crown Prince stooped to our estate. And God, in Philippians 2, showed His pleasure by giving Him a Name that is above all names in His vast universe.
Please note that it is God the Father Who has given Jesus a Name above all names. Nothing on earth can change that fact.
Human history has compiled a list of names we think are outstanding: Moses, Charlemagne, Alexander the Great, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Napoleon, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill… Every profession on earth has produced its geniuses, and every student on earth is familiar with their names. But the Bible is talking about one Name that outshines them all.
We read that there is coming a day when every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. One day when I was working for my father in his store, a woman came in and had a problem with a product that she had purchased. She wanted to talk to the owner or the manager. Neither one of them were in the store at the time. I asked if there was something I could do to help her. She began to curse and swear. Her language was terrible. I began to walk away from her as she continued in her rage. I told her that I was willing to help her if I could, but I did not have to stand there and listen to her use the Lord’s name in vain. You see, the Name of Jesus is not highly regarded in most places. It certainly has no place of honour in most of our schools today.
That is the measure of the confusion of our time. The ancient prophet Isaiah said that Jesus would be despised and rejected of men. “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3). Try to introduce the name of Jesus at your place of business when you are able to get back to work. You will find out that no Name on earth is so divisive. Some love Him with a love stronger than death. Some resent Him with a vengeance. And thousands do their best just to avoid that precious Name.
The Scripture today tells us the real story. The Name of Jesus, by God’s decree, is above every other name, and one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord.
He is above all others in creation.
He is above all others in redemption.
He is above all others in the church.
He is above all others in human history.
He is above all others when the books are opened and the dead, small and great, stand before God.
What do you think of Jesus? His name is the sweetest Name in earth or heaven. The day is coming when a multitude that no man can number, from every kindred, tribe, tongue, people and nation, shout cast their crowns at His nail-pierced feet, and the sound of their worship shall be like the noise of many waters. Revelation 5:13.
Acts 4:12 tells us, “there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved… and that name is Jesus. One day you and I will stand at Heaven’s Gate and the password will be the name of Jesus… that Name… only that Name. Take that Name with you today as your joy and glory.
Take the Name of Jesus with you, Child of sorrow and of woe;
It will joy and comfort give you, take it then where’er you go.
Precious Name, O how sweet! Hope of earth and joy of Heaven;
Precious Name, O how sweet! Hope of earth and joy of Heaven.