Matthew 1:1

Message #1


Introduction: A few months ago I went with Seth and the boys to the basketball court.  Since I don’t play basketball with the boys, I usually read a book.  (One reason I don’t play basketball with the boys because I am afraid that I will show them up with my skills.)  Seriously now, I picked up a book from my library by the name of The Sword book of Treasures.  It is a collection of sermons, articles and stories compiled by Dr. John R. Rice originally in 1946 from the Sword of the Lord newspaper.  Recently I heard or read a statement by a preacher who encouraged preachers to read books that are older than we are.  This book was first printed ten years before I was born.  Most of the messages and material therein is even older than that. 

  The first message was “Pearl of Paradise” by Clinton Howard.  As I read this message, I did something that most people think that Baptist preachers are not capable of doing.  It caused me to think on what I was reading.  Warren Wiersbe said the sign of a good book is one that you read and then you put it down and think.  I took a scrap of paper and wrote down some thoughts that I was planning to use as my Christmas message this year.  I had decided to preach on the name of Jesus.  The more I thought, studied and wrote down ideas, the more I realized that this would not be able to preached in just one message.  So for the next few weeks we are going to look at the name of Jesus.  The more I read, study and meditate on this subject, the more I fall in love Jesus.  It is my desire that you will do the same.

  I read this quote from the mind of one of the prince of preachers of yesteryear- Charles Spurgeon.  “Father, help us to speak of Jesus in such a way that others might see at least a faint outline of His incomprehensible beauty.  Then, by thy Holy Spirit, shine through the mist of our cloudy language that Christ may be revealed in all of His glory.”

                                                          Psalm 119:27

“Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.”

                                                          Psalm 119:171-172

My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.  My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.

  Here is another quote I found that I don’t know who wrote it but it is on the money too.  “Knowledge of His name is like to know Him.  Our knowledge is partial at best.  It is said to be “too wonderful”.           Psalm 139:6

“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.”

  It is also considered unsearchable.         Psalm 145:3

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

                                                          Romans 11:33

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

  His name is also infinite.                       Psalm 147:5

Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

  One of the thoughts that ran though my mind recently was that when I read my Bible, I am getting to know the person I are reading.  I have read some biographies of some famous people.  I did not get to know them better, I just to know about them better.  But when I read this Bible, I get to know Him better.  The better I know Him, the more I can live in accord with His commands better.

  Brother Clinton Howard was a Bible lecturer.  He did not consider himself a preacher.  But after reading this sermon, this man was a preacher.  Brother Howard was asked by President Warren Harding to chair the World Peace Commission.  This organization was a prelude to the United Nations but never got off the ground.  One of the things that caught my attention that a President in this past century had asked a Bible lecturer to chair a position such as this.  He did not try to ask a diplomat.  He asked the preacher.  How much different would this world be if presidents and rulers of countries of the world would get Bible believing preachers to leadership positions!  I am getting sidetracked.

  Brother Howard accepted the position.  During the beginning prayer of the first session of the Conference for limitation of Armament that President Harding called, all of the men that gathered in that place stood except one man.  When President Harding was introduced, all of the men stood with their hats off but one man.  His white turban against his dark face made him stand out.  Around his neck was a string of beads that he fingered with reverence.  He pushed them one against another until he has moved the string around his neck completely.  He was the delegate from India.  He was a Muslim nobleman.  He would move his lips in an inaudible speech.  This got Brother Howard’s attention.  He got himself introduced to this man and asked him about the string of beads.  The man answered that it was not a string but a golden cord that bound his soul to Allah.  Then he explained that beads were not merely beads but gems, gems of glory; they were jewels, jewels of joy; they were pearls, pearls of paradise.  This was his rosary.  Each of them were gems, jewels and pearls, ninety-nine of them that represented the names of Allah from the Koran, the holy book of is his religion.  He told Brother Howard that he was worshipping Allah by calling upon Allah by his names.  Then he challenged Brother Howard to match his rosary.  He said that he was on better speaking ground with Allah then Brother Howard had with Christ.  He said that he knew Allah by his full name and he challenged Brother Howard to match him gem for gem, jewel for jewel and pearl for pearl.  Brother Howard was unable to accept the challenge of this man from that pagan land.  Brother Howard had been saved at an early age, been raised in a Christian home with a family altar.  He read his Bible daily but a man from that pagan land that Americans sent missionaries had a better speaking acquaintance with Allah than Brother Howard did with Christ. 

  This made Brother Howard to come up with a “rosary” of his own.  He took down his Bible, paper and pen and made a study of the names of the Lord Jesus.  This study caused him to search the scriptures.  This is a command from our Lord Jesus.

                                                          John 5:39

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

  After a good length of study, he found over two hundred names.  I promise you that I am not intending to read that entire list.  I do plan to give a few so we will be more in love and upon speaking terms and more acquainted with our Lord and Saviour.  His names really describe Him.

  Just before I can get into the message itself today, I want you to look at few items that should excite your mind as they did mine.  Let’s look at our text once again.  Count with me the words.  What is the seventh word?  Once you count shout it out.  Yes, it is Jesus.  Think about this also, that this name is in the only book of the Gospel that has seven letters in it. 

  Now turn with me to the last Book and the last chapter and the last verse.

                                                          Revelation 22:21

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

  Count back with me again.  Count backward to the seventh from the last word.  What is there?  It is what?  Jesus!

  This whole Bible is full of the Lord Jesus.  Here is another tidbit.  Who gave Jesus His name?  Look down the page of the first chapter of Matthew.

                                                          Matthew 1:20-21

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

  Joseph did not name Jesus.  Mary did not name Him but the Father gave Him His name.  Glory to God in the highest!  These truths that I just gave you are not some coincidence but they are there for the harvesting.  At the beginning of the New Testament we find Jesus and at the end we find Jesus.  If we were making a “rosary” like that Muslim, our “rosary” with its golden cord would be twice as big as his with Jesus at the beginning and Jesus at the end.  After all this is where Jesus said He is and this is were He belongs.

                                                          Revelation 1:8

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

                                                          Revelation 1:11 

“Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”

                                                          Revelation 21:6 

“And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”

                                                          Revelation 22:13 

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

  So let us bring this journey about the name of Jesus.



    I want to give several thoughts in regards to His name being a prized name.  To have something prized means that it is high esteemed.  So let me give you three reasons why His name should be prized.  By the way these three reasons are not the only reasons why His name should be prized.  We could go on for a long time.  If I sparked your mind to search the scriptures for reasons, then I have fulfilled my responsibility as your pastor with this message.


                                                          John 14:13    

“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

      When we bring our petition before Him, we have the assurance of answering of these petitions because we are not approaching the Father in our name.  The answer may not be what we want but what we need.  I am not coming to the Lord as a mere mortal but as one of His family.  What exhortation did Paul tell us in regards to prayer?

                                                          Hebrews 4:16

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

                                                                        Ephesians 2:18

        “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”

                                                          Ephesians 3:12

        “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.”

                                                          Hebrews 10:19

        “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus”

      Think about where we are going with our petitions for answers.  We are going "The throne of grace!"  What a beautiful expression!  A throne is the seat of a sovereign; a throne of grace is designed to represent a sovereign seated to dispense mercy and pardon. 

      As believers, we may come boldly, and with confidence to this throne of grace.  We have the liberty to do it.  We have the authority to do it, and we have the confidence and assurance of audience in the doing of coming to this throne.  Who is sitting upon this throne?  It is our Father who delights in answering prayers.  But the answer may not be to our liking.  His answer may be yes, no or wait. 

      Let me give you quickly seven reasons why prayers may not be answered.  For time’s sake, I will not be able expound upon each reason with the exception of the scripture.

        1.   My prayers will not answered when I have unrighteousness in my heart.

                                                          Psalm 66:18

             “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me”

        2.   My prayers will not answered when I have unforgiving attitude.

                                                          Matthew 6:14-15

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

        3.   My prayers will not answered when I have unspiritual motives.

                                                          James 4:3

“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

        4.   My prayers will not answered when I have unbelief.

                                                          James 1:6-7

                 “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”

        5.   My prayers will not answered when I have unconventional family relations.

                                                          1st Peter 3:7

“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

        6.   My prayers will not answered when I have unprayerful idleness.

                                                          1st Thessalonians 5:17

             “Pray without ceasing.”

        7.   My prayers will not answered when I have unrighteous spirit.

                                                          Psalm 78:8

“And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.”

    His name is prized because it is though his name that we have the answer of our supplication.



                                                          Acts 4:12

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

      Many people lack the assurance of salvation because they are looking for it in the wrong places.  They think that they are saved by reformation but reforming only cleans the outside basically.  It will not stand the test of time and eternity.  No wonder they doubt they would go to heaven when they died.

      So they are saved through their religious rituals.  This is part of the problem with the worshippers of Allah.  They pray three five times a day toward Mecca and keep their religious feast and practice their religious furor.  But at the end of the day, they lack that assurance of salvation. 

      So what is the assurance that we have?  It is in the name of Jesus as Peter preached to those Jewish leaders at the Temple.  How do we know it is Jesus that gives this assurance?  What did Jesus Himself say?    John 14:6

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

                                                  John 3:36

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

      Some churches try to teach that you cannot know that you are saved for eternity.  Here is what the Bible says in one of many places.  Let’s turn to it together. 

                                                  1st John 5:10-15

“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

      It is the name of Jesus that gives me the assurance of my salvation. 

      First of all we saw that His name is prized because it is though His name that we have the answer of our supplication.

      Secondly, His name is prized because it is through His name we have the assurance of our salvation.



        “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

                                                          1st John 5:14-15

        “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

                                                          Matthew 7:7-11

        “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?  Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

      This is not a big wish list.  It is genuine needs in the life of a Christian.  The key to this whole train of thought is found in 1st John chapter five.  It is the phrase “according to his will”.  The will of God is supreme over my desires or it should be.  If we are in the will of God, doing the work of God according to the Word of God, we can have the abundance of supply in our life.  It is because of our Lord Jesus.  Jesus delights to show Himself strong on behalf of His children in ways that cannot be explain except by Him.  Elijah is out by the brook.  There was not a McDonalds or Hardees anywhere around, yet the Lord fed him twice a day with the raven delivery service.  When the brook dried up, God led him to the poorest widow in Zarephath.   You cannot explain how the cruse of oil and the meal never ran out except God supplied. 

      How do you explain the feeding of the five thousand men with five loaves and two fishes except Jesus supplying?  No other explanation fits.  God takes care of His children.  You find it from Genesis to Revelation in the Bible.  You find it in the lives of His children even today.  In fact, some of my fondest memories as a Christian is how miraculously God showed Him strong and kind in my life by supplying my needs and sometimes my wants when they were in the midst of His will even if I did not even know it.

      The Lord supplied the money for my first computer through the kindness of our church.  Then He supplied the upgrades or the means for the upgrades.  Some people see what I own in regards to my computers and tell me that I am woefully behind the times.  I don’t see that.  I see the next opportunity for the Lord to advance on my behalf when it is in His will to do so.

      Let me give you a couple quick thoughts in regards to His supplying my needs.  Supplying my needs is not supplying my selfishness.  To think that I need a brand new BMW would be selfish on my behalf.  Supplying my needs is not supplying my sin. 

      Sometimes supplying my needs is supplying the way to get my needs.  I have seen overtime come up just about the time I have a need.  Supplying my needs is supplying the wisdom how to obtain them. 

      One day the Lord put on a rich man’s heart to send a preacher a thousand dollars.  Then the rich man thought that as much as the thousand dollars would be, it would be a greater blessing if the preacher would get the money in smaller sums each month like fifty dollars.  So that he did.  It was a great blessing to the preacher.  But with each check, the rich man wrote a note with these words “there is more to come”.  Think about how our Heavenly Father supplies our needs through the name of our Lord Jesus in what seems to be small ways but it seems to be the message “there is more to come”.  When the ravens came and brought Elijah his breakfast and supper, it seemed have a message from the Lord that there was more to come.  Each meal at the widow lady’s house seemed have the message that there was more to come.  When the children came out of their tents each morning and the manna was on the ground, it was a message that there was more to come.

      First of all we saw that His name is prized because it is though His name that we have the answer of our supplication.

      Secondly, His name is prized because it is through His name we have the assurance of our salvation.

      Thirdly, His name is prized because it is through his name we have the abundance of supply.


Conclusion: As I said in the beginning of the message, you could list more and more reasons why the name of our Lord Jesus should be prized.  But if you are not saved, His name is not prized in your life.  He died to save you.  He came out of the grave to be your victory.  He wants to your supplier.  He wants to be your assurance of your salvation.  He wants to be your abundance of supply.  He wants to be your answer to your supplications.

  Christian friend, this is the time of year that we remember His birth.  But His birth is not greater than His death.             Ecclesiastes 7:1

“A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.”

  Next week, if the Lord is willing, I want to preach on why His name should be praised.