THE NAME OF JESUS
Introduction: Let me give a quick review of the previous messages. We looked at the name of Jesus prized. His name should be prized because He is the answer to our supplication, the assurance of our salvation and the abundance of our supply.
His name is praised because His name is reason for the conversion of our souls, the comfort of our suffering and a commander in our soldiering. He should be praised at all times. He should be praised with our lips, lives and love.
His name should be promoted. His name should be promoted in our lives because of who He is. He is creator, completer, counselor and contagious. Secondly, His name should be promoted in our lives because of what He has done. He has saved us; He has secured us and He has spruced us up. Thirdly, His name should be promoted in our lives because of what He is going to do. He is going to return soon.
Last time we saw the name of Jesus as powerful. His name is more powerful than His detainers. I used the passage in John 18 when they came to arrest Him and when He spoke His name as Deity; His detainers were knocked to the ground. I would have loved been there to see that. Doctor Wallace challenges folks to put themselves in the passage and it will make it more alive and I have done this with this passage. Even I reflect upon it, I have a smile come to my face. His name is powerful over the devils. His name is powerful over disease and doubt. You can see the name of Jesus used when the man at the gate Beautiful was healed.
I read this prayer by Brother Spurgeon in each of the other messages and plan to do so in each in that it is a theme prayer of sorts with this series of messages. “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.”
Today I do not want to scare you with the next statement in regards to our message today. In the first message I mentioned that there was over two hundred names ascribed to the Lord Jesus. I promise that I do not plan to use all those names. A plain reading may become boring and long but I want to use a few of these names in regards to the plurality of His name. This should be a great blessing when you reflect upon that name of Jesus.
THE PLURALITY OF HIS NAME
A blessing that we ought to see what the name of Jesus is to different folks.
THE MANY NAMES OF CHRIST
To the ARTIST He is the One Altogether Lovely.
To the ARCHITECT He is the Chief Corner Stone.
To the BAKER He is the Living Bread.
To the BANKER He is the Hidden Treasure.
To the BIOLOGIST He is the Life.
To the BUILDER He is the Sure Foundation.
To the CARPENTER He is the Door.
To the DOCTOR He is the Great Physician.
To the EDUCATOR He is the Great Teacher.
To the ENGINEER He is the New and
To the FLORIST He is the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley.
To the GEOLOGIST He is the Rock of Ages.
To the HORTICULTURIST He is the True Vine.
To the JUDGE He is the Righteous Judge, Judge of All Men.
To the JEWELER He is the Pearl of Great Price.
To the LAWYER He is the Counselor, the Lawgiver, and the Advocate.
To the NEWSPAPER He is the Good Tidings of Great Joy.
To the OCULIST He is the Light of the Eyes.
To the PHILANTHROPIST He is the Unspeakable Gift.
To the PHILOSOPHER He is the Wisdom of God.
To the PREACHER He is the Word of God.
To the SCULPTOR He is the Living Stone.
To the SERVANT He is the Good Master.
To the STATESMAN He is the Desire of All Nations.
To the STUDENT He is the Incarnate Truth.
To the THEOLOGIAN He is the Author and Finisher of our Faith.
To the TOILER He is the Giver of Rest.
To the SINNER He is the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the World.
To the CHRISTIAN He is the Son of the Living God, the Savior, the Redeemer and the Lord.
I. HIS NAME DESCRIBED HIS NECESSITY FOR COMING.
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
In eternity past before there was a world, Jesus knew that He would have to come to die for the sins of mankind. Before the first act of creation of the world was made, Jesus knew that Adam would take the apple. Nothing ever catches the Lord off guard. There are five words that you will never hear the Lord say- “I did not know that.” Man would sin in the Garden of Eden. At the judgment of Adam, Eve and the serpent at the time of sin, God promised a Saviour would come. There is a law of Bible study called the law of First Mention. This is the first mention of a coming one to die for our sins.
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
When Jesus died our sins on
Revelation 20:1-3, 7-10
“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
Through the ministry of Christ upon this earth, He told His disciples that He came to die so men could be saved and really live.
“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
“For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.”
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
Here is a blessing when we think about the name of Jesus. The most frequent name that is used in our New Testament our Lord is Jesus. This name is mentioned nine hundred and forty-two times.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Sweetest name I know
Fills my longing
Keeps me singing as I go.
His name described His necessity in coming.
II. HIS NAME DENOTES HIS NURTURING.
A. He nurtures through being the bread of life.
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
One food that is universal in most countries is
bread. There are all kinds of
bread. One of my favorite foods and
I have to watch how much I eat is homemade bread or rolls. (Let me give a sidebar here. My wife knows how much I like homemade
rolls. When we went to
Why is bread a universal food? It is fairly easy to fix. It hits the hunger spot and you don’t have to have a lot of ingredients to fix a lot. So how does this relate to the Lord Jesus? He is available worldwide. He always fills the hungry of every man and woman, boy and girl of the world. People have tried to fill this hunger of God with a host of trash. It may be a big purse of money. It may be possessions. It may be the poison of drugs and drink. Whatever a person tries to fill this hunger will find himself or herself empty and needing a refill. But Jesus takes care of that hunger of Him. It is that Bread of life that gives us an abundant life that far exceeds whatever we ask or think. In the bread of life, the only ingredient is God and His grace.
B. He nurtures through being the water of life.
“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.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
Man cannot live on bread alone. He needs something or should I say someone to wash it down. He refreshes us by being the water of life. He cleanses us by being the water of life. I could give the twenty illustrations of water in the Word of God but time will not permit us to do so.
C. He nurtures through being our vine.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
A branch cannot get it proper nourishment with the vine bring it to them. One of the names of our Lord Jesus is the Word of God. You will die spiritually with the Word of God feeding you. Jesus will feed us through Himself if we will eat of the nourishment from the vine.
First of all His name described His necessity in coming.
Secondly His name denotes His nurturing.
III. HIS NAME DELIVERS HIS NEARNESS.
When you have over two hundred names, it is hard to pick out just a few. Before I show His names that delivers His nearness, I want to give two passages of scripture that should be a blessing to us at all times.
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
He is called the man Christ Jesus.
1st Timothy 2:5
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”
Think about this for a few moments. When Jesus fell down, He skinned His knee like you do. When He worked hard, He sweated. When He hit His hammer, it hurt. Most likely, He put it in His mouth like you do when you hit your thumb. Why did He have all this? He was 100% man as well as being 100% God. He was a man’s man. He took all the pain, punishment and penalty for us without a word of complaint.
He shows His nearness by being our friend.
“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”
Did you ever get a phone call and as soon as you answered without looking the caller ID you knew that your friend had called? Some people wonder what Jesus sounds like. I am not sure but I know I will recognize His voice because He spoken to me through His Word to my heart. No other friend will ever stick with you than the Lord Jesus. I have heard people brag that they leave such and such and when problems come, they are the first to bail. Jesus never bails out. He is there for time and eternity.
He shows His nearness when He was called the friend of sinners.
“The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.”
“The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!”
His enemies called Him this. What did they know? They were part of the most ignorant, hypocritical and self-centered groups of people that ever lived. When someone thinks that you think you are better than him, it is next impossible for you to lead him to Christ. Jesus went to where the sinners were and talked to them at the level where they lived.
First of all His name described His necessity in coming. Secondly His name denotes His nurturing. Thirdly His name delivers His nearness.
IV. HIS NAME DEPICTS HIS NATURE.
There are many things about the nature of the Lord Jesus that could be spoken in this place but I want only to mention a few.
He is righteous. 1st John 2:1
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous”
Every thing about the Lord Jesus is righteous. His words were righteous. His way of life was righteous. His wisdom was righteous. He is altogether righteous. He is the righteous judge.
He is my Lord and my God. John 20:28
“And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”
He is LORD of lords and KING of kings. He must be Lord of every part of my life.
His Human nature is proven by Conception in the Virgin's womb, His Birth, Partaking of flesh and blood, Circumcision, Increase in wisdom and stature, Weeping, Hungering, Thirsting, Sleeping, Being subject to weariness, Being a man of sorrows, Being buffeted, Enduring indignities, Being scourged, Being nailed to the cross, Death, Side being pierced, Burial and Resurrection. He was like our own in all things except sin. He was submitted to the evidence of the senses.
His name depicts His nature in this truth also.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
His nature was and will always be righteous. Because He is righteous, He is the righteous judge of the world.
First of all His name described His necessity in coming. Secondly His name denotes His nurturing. Thirdly His name delivers His nearness. Fourthly His name depicts His nature.
V. HIS NAME DECLARES HIS NOBILITY.
His nobility is seen in that He is our great High Priest.
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.”
There had been many high priests in the Old Testament but none like our great High Priest. He passed into the heavens.
His nobility is seen in that He is our Prince of Peace.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Not only is our Prince of Peace, he is our King of Peace.
“To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace”
There is a lot peace spoken in the world today. We have peach accords, treaties and conferences but they are temporary at the best. But our peace that comes from the Lord Jesus is eternal and this peace shows how noble He is.
His nobility is seen in that His name is “I am”. He had many through the Bible. Let me name a few. I am the Messiah. I am the Bread of Life. I am from Above. I am the Eternal One. I am the Light of the World. I am the Door. I am the Son of God. I am the Resurrection and Life. I am the Lord and Master. I am the Way, Truth, and Life. I am the True Vine. I am Alpha and Omega. I am the First and the Last.
His nobility is seen in that He is the Lord that which was, is and is to come. No one is more than our Lord Jesus. His nobility is eternal.
Conclusion: I want to end this message with a few passages of scriptures that should also be a blessing or help to two groups within the sound of my voice. To the saved, I can echo the words of Paul. 2nd Timothy 1:12
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
How much more can we be persuaded that Jesus is who said He is except we review His name? I am persuaded more now than the day I was saved.
To the sinners, I want to echo His call in the book of Matthew.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
It has been my desire that sinners will hear His name being lifted up in such a way to draw souls to Him for salvation.