The Name of Jesus

William C. Brownson

READ : Philippians 2:5-11

At the name of Jesus every knee should bow . . . (v. 10, niv)

What Bible names for God come to your mind? Perhaps the revealed name Yahweh, perhaps the words spoken to Moses, “I am who I am,” or the covenant name, “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” In all of these names, God calls us to know and revere him.

In the fuller light of the New Testament, we know God as Father—“Abba,” the “God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” We meet God’s fullest self-revealing in the name Jesus, which means “God saves.” And this name has become, in Paul’s words, “the name above all names.” Not counting equality with God as a thing to be clutched, the Son of God emptied himself, took on the form of a servant, and came to share our humanness. He humbled himself, and became obedient all the way to death, even death on a cross! Now God has highly exalted him, and given Jesus this name above all names, that every knee may bow to him and every tongue confess him as Lord.

This name has authority over all powers of evil. By this name come healing and hope. In this name alone is salvation from sin and death. No wonder his servants find joy in praying by it, proclaiming it, and even suffering for it—the name of Jesus!

PRAYER

We bless you, Jesus, name above all names!