Powerful Name


If you desire relationship with God and hope for eternity, it is found in Jesus. Why only in Jesus? Because only Jesus rose from the dead. His resurrection is a unique demonstration of the overwhelming power of God over sin and death and guilt and punishment…

1 The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day.

7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is

“‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:1-3, 7-12

Peter and John were put in jail because of the stir caused by Peter’s healing of a lame man. “By what power or what name did you do this?” They demanded to know how this happened. And that was easy for Peter to explain. Again, Peter shared with them under the power and enabling of the Holy Spirit, that by Jesus’ name the man was healed.

And by the way, it’s the Jesus whom you crucified… but whom God raised from the dead. That Jesus. His name. Why Jesus?

Because Jesus is the stone the builders rejected who has become our cornerstone. The cornerstone of our faith is the risen Jesus, who was rejected by mankind, yet sent and chosen by God to be our saviour. In his resurrection, which Peter keeps mentioning as he preaches and answers, there is power which can heal and mend and reconcile.

The power of Jesus’ resurrection is the power in his name. And that power is available to us – in fact, that same power resides within us (Romans 6:10-11).

Finally, Peter gets to the verse which guides us back to Jesus’ own words in John 14:6 where he proclaims that he is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to the Father except through Jesus. Here we see Peter echo this truth. Salvation is found in no one else. There is no other name under heaven by which must be saved.

Must.

Not might or maybe. If you desire relationship with God and hope for eternity, it is found in Jesus. Why only in Jesus? Because only Jesus rose from the dead. His resurrection is a unique demonstration of the overwhelming power of God over sin.

My sin.

Your sin.

Come to Jesus. Find life in his name. Be forgiven and experience his power. Today.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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