Disturbed By the Name of Jesus

Several years ago Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote a short, simple but powerful song with these moving lyrics.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus; there’s just something about that name
Master, Savior, Jesus, like the fragrance after the rain;
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, let all Heaven and earth proclaim
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away
But there’s something about that name
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away
But there’s something about that name

Today the name of Jesus is controversial. People don’t like hearing anyone invoke Jesus’ name.

I’ve personally been advised not to pray in Jesus name in some settings. Former Florida football star, Tim Tebow, was severely criticized for invoking the name of Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Ironically Chaplains in some states have been ordered not to speak of Jesus or pray in His name during their counseling periods.

When Franklin Graham released his book, The Name, he was accused of “bigotry” and engaging in “hate speech.”

Graham expressed his frustration in the book. “Tolerance has become the new watchword of our times. It is heralded as perhaps the highest virtue in Western culture that glues people of differing backgrounds and ideologies together for the sake of promoting cultural unity. We are told by the media and the government bureaucrats to be tolerant of everything and anything except the gospel of salvation, all in the name of political correctness.

“It seems almost ironic that Christians are not being tolerated by such a ‘tolerant’ society, Graham wrote, “So I admit I get frustrated and a bit defensive when I encounter intolerance toward the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

This reaction, however, is not new. The New Testament apostles experienced it in their preaching.

In Acts 4 the Sadducees found Peter and John preaching in the Temple. They were “greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead” (v. 2).

As a result they were arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Supreme Court, to give account of their actions. Peter used this occasion to preach the gospel. Regarding Jesus, Peter concluded his sermon with these powerful words:

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved’ (v. 12).

The apostles’ unflinching boldness, and courageous response confounded the religious leaders. After conferring with one another, they released Peter and John and “charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus” (v. 19).

Unfazed and unafraid, the apostles replied, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”

Those who did not believe Jesus was the Messiah and denied the resurrection were upset. Today the name of Jesus angers and irritates orthodox Jews and Muslims. Atheists, infidels and agnostics don’t like hearing the name of Jesus. The politically correct crowd tries to bully and shame us in not speaking Jesus’ name.

There’s just something about that name.

You see Bible believers affirm that Jesus was more than a mere man. He is Divine. He is the Christ. He is the Son of God. He has pre-existed from eternity with the Father. And is the Creator of Heaven and earth.

There are over 200 names, titles and designations for Jesus in the Bible. They each bear witness to Jesus’ greatness. His prominence. And His Preeminence. I am reminded of the statement of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The name of Jesus is not so much written as plowed in the history of the world.”

Jesus is the Lamb of God. The King of Kings. The Lord of Lords. The Head of the Church. The Light of the word. The Way. The Truth. And the Life.

Jesus is our High Priest. Our Mediator. And our Savior.

Never be ashamed of the name of Jesus. Pray to God in Jesus name. Proclaim it. Preach it. Praise it.

There’s just something about that name.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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