“His Name”

“. . . God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, the to glory of God the Father.”  PHILIPPIANS 2:9-11 

“This is the stone which was set at naught of you builders which is become the head of the corner. 
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”     ACTS 4:11,12 

     When a person is dear, everything connected with him becomes dear for his sake. Thus so precious is the person of the Lord Jesus in the estimation of all true believers, that everything about Him they consider to be inestimable beyond all price. “All Thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, ” said David, as if the very vestments of the Saviour were so sweetened by His person that he could not but love them. Certain it is, that there is not a spot where that hallowed foot hath trodden – there is not a word which those blessed lips have uttered – nor a thought which His loving Word has revealed – which is not to us precious beyond all price. And this is true of the names of Christ – they are all sweet in the believer’s ear. Whether He be called the Husband of the Church, her Bridegroom, her Friend; whether He be styled the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world – the King, the Prophet, or the Priest – every title of our Master – Shiloh, Emmanuel, Wonderful, the Mighty Counselor, – every name is like the honey-comb dropping with honey, and luscious are the drops that distil from it. But if there be one name sweeter than another in the believer’s ear, it is the name of Jesus. Jesus! it is the name which moves the harps of heaven to melody. 
     Jesus! the life of all our joys. If there be one name more charming, more precious than another, it is this name. It is woven into the very warp and woof of our psalmody. Many of our hymns begin with it, and scarcely any, that are good for anything, end without it. 
     It is the sum total of all delights. It is the music with which the bells of heaven ring; a song in a word; an ocean for comprehension, although a drop for brevity; a matchless oratorio in two syllables; a gathering up of the hallelujahs of eternity in five letters. 

“Jesus, I love Thy charming name.
‘Tis music to mine ear.”
                               Charles H. Spurgeon
     The bellow is the recollection of a W. J. Fullerton who was at the meeting and heard Mr. Spurgeon speak the above, I include it because I felt it particularly heart warming. 

     “I remember with strange vividness, the Sunday evening when Charles Spurgeon preached the sermon form which the above is taken. It was a subject in which he reveled, it was his chief delight to exalt his glorious Saviour, and he seemed in that discourse to be pouring out his very soul and life in homage and adoration before his Gracious King. But I really thought he would have died there, in face of all those people. At the end he made a mighty effort to recover his voice; but utterance wellnigh failed, and only in broken accents could the pathetic peroration be heard – ‘Let my name perish, but let Christ’s name last for ever! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Crown Him Lord of all! 

     You will not hear me say anything else. These are my last words in Exeter Hall for this time. Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Crown Him Lord of all!’ And then he fell back almost fainting in the chair behind him.” 

     In our day of smooth, polished preaching which reaches no deeper than the ear or at best the brain. Reading something like this makes my heart want to swell till it feels like it will break within my breast. I believe everyone who is in a right relationship with Jesus Christ, has a proper understanding of what He did on their behalf, and understands what sin has done to the human family will have the same feelings as expressed by Spurgeon in this reading. I recognize not all have the same degree of emotion as Mr. Spurgeon but I do believe that same love will grow in everyone of us who have been snatched form the Pit of Despair. The reason not all will have the same depth is covered by our Lord when He said a persons love for Him is in direct proportion to the amount of sin they have been forgiven of (Luke 7: 36 and following). I believe this means, at least partly, the amount of ‘recognized sin’. What do I mean by this? We are all guilty of every conceivable sin under the sun. And as we grow in the Word, and recognize just how far we have fallen from the One who created us, we become more acutely aware of our distress. It is at this realization that we can love deeper the Lord and Father. 

     Christ the sent one of God, emptied Himself of all that was Deity and became a man, the man Jesus bar Joseph. He became a man and became subject to all the laws of God and man. And then even more, being perfect, the ONLY perfect sinless being became sin for us that He could take our punishment. 
     When we are here on earth we carry all the baggage of sin and filth. All the marks of that sin; diseases, sickness, evil thoughts, etc. etc. ad nauseam. When Jesus was on earth only He fulfilled all of the Father’s divine holiness. 
     When we enter His glory we shall be perfect without spot or wrinkle, none of sins stains or blemishes will ever appear on us, for we will be dressed in His perfect righteousness. All of the scares, physical and emotional, will be left behind. When we see Him, even though He deserved them not, He will still be carrying our scares. He will have the awful jagged tares in his flesh forever; the nail prints, the spear hole thrust into His side, and quite probably the scares of the thorns on His brow. 
    Oh, as we grow in the grace and knowledge of what He has done for us how can we help but shed tears when we hear that Name. How can we continue living in sin.

An early unknown English writer has penned:
     Ah! Ah! That wonderful name! Ah! That delightable name!
This is the name that is above all names, the highest name of
all, without which no man hopes for health. This name is in
mine ear heavenly sound, in my mouth honeyful sweetness.
     Soothly1, Jesu2, desirable is Thy name, lovable and
comfortable. None so sweet joy may be conceived, none so
sweet song may be heard, none so sweet and delightable solace
may be had in mind.
     Soothly1, nothing so slackens fell flames; destroys ill
thoughts; puts out venomous affection; does away curious and
vain occupations from us.
     This name Jesu2, leally3 holden in mind, draws out vices by
the root; plants virtues; sows charity; pours in savor of
heavenly things; wastes4 discord; forms again peace; gives
lasting rest; does away grievousness of fleshly desires; turns all
earthly things to naught; fills the loving with ghostly joy. . .
     Also know all that the name of Jesus is healthful, fruitful,
and glorious. Therefore who shall have health that loves it not?
Or who shall bear the fruit before Christ, that has not the
flower? And joy shall he not see that in his joying loved not the
name of Jesu2.
1. In truth - Really   2. From Gesu = Jesus    3. Faithful; true; sometimes used in poetry.
4. Devastated; ravaged; spoiled; ruined; desolated.
Thou hidden Source of calm repose,
Thou all-sufficient Love Divine;
My help and refuge from my foes,
Secure I am if thou art mine;
And lo! From sin, and grief, and shame,
I hide me, Jesus, in Thy name.
Thy mighty name salvation is,
And keeps my happy soul above;
Comfort it brings, and power, and peace,
And joy, and everlasting love;
To me, with Thy dear name, are given
Pardon, and holiness, and heaven.
Jesus, my all-in-all Thou art–
My rest in toil, my ease in pain,
The medicine of my broken heart,
In war my peace, in loss my gain;
My smile beneath the tyrant's frown;
In shame, my glory and my crown.
In want, my plentiful supply;
In weakness, my almighty power;
In bonds, my perfect liberty;
My light in Satan's darkest hour
My help and stay whene'er I call;
My life in death, my heaven, my all.
There is no name so sweet on earth,
No name so sweet in heaven,
The Name before His wondrous birth
to Christ the Saviour given.
And, when He hung upon the tree,
They wrote this Name above Him;
That all might see the reason we
For evermore must love Him.
Son now, upon His Father's throne,
Almighty to release us
From sin and pains, He gladly reigns,
The Prince and saviour Jesus.
To Jesus every knee shall bow,
And every tongue confess Him,
And we unite with saints in light,
Our only Lord to bless Him.
O Jesus, by that matchless Name,
Thy grace shall fail us never,
To-day as yesterday the same,
Thou art the same for ever.
We love to sing around our King,
And hail Him blessed Jesus;
For there's no word ear ever heard,
So dear, so sweet as “Jesus.” Amen
                                    Anonymous: c. 1858
Next time we will look to a god who has replaced the true God in many of our fundamental, evangelical churches. Come join us.    God Bless You