Acts 3:16 – And His Name through faith in His Name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by Him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
Consider with me, the might Name of Jesus; that Name that is above every name. His is a name that embraced strong paradox. He made Himself of no reputation, yet no reputation has ever exceeded His. He was tempted by the devil in all points just as we are, yet never yielded to a single temptation. He never committed a single sin, yet He became sin for us so we could be made the righteousness of God in Him. Nothing could shake His peace, yet the chastisement of our peace was upon Him. No sickness or disease could even affect Him, yet He bore our sickness and disease in His body for by His stripes we were healed. He was complete royalty living as a commoner, yet with access to the most supernatural of powers and benefits. No man could take His life, yet He laid it down willingly, only to take it up again at a time of His Own choosing. All that and more is found in the Name of Jesus.
Let us consider this further by seeing who He was in Bibilical literature. In the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) He is the Order Maker and Law Giver. In the historical books (Joshua through Esther) He is the recorded history of His people. In the poetic books (Job through the Song of Solomon) He is the revelation of the divine in oil colors and song. Through the major prophets (Isaiah through Daniel) we find Him to be the protracted prophetic revelations of Him with Whom we have to do. In the minor prophets (Hosea through Malachi) He is the abbreviated prophetic revelations, the fine details of His revelation. Coming to the Gospels (Matthew through John) He is the Word made flesh in His earthly ministry; a clear revelation of Father’s image. In the book of Acts He is the birth of the church, His body in the earth, and its formative days. Through the Pauline Epistle (Romans through Hebrews) He is the Pauline revelation of redemption and our walk in the Spirit. In the General Epistles (James through Jude) He is the full color, three dimensional, broadened and expanded revelation of the risen, living Lord. And in Revelation, the close of the Book, He is that which was, and which is, and which is to come.
There is so much more we could right of Him, but space her prohibits that writing. Still, a volume remains of His Name and faith in that Name. Let us fill our lives, our ears, our eyes, and our mouths with the resounding, clarion call of that Name – the Name of Jesus.
Manna for Today – Acts 3:11-26; John 14:12-14; John 16:23