There’s Something About That Name

Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.
There’s something about that name
Master savior Jesus
It’s like the fragrance after rain

Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.
Let Heaven and Earth proclaim
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away
There is something about that name

These song lyrics, written by Bill and Gloria Gaither, were born following the death of their grandparents, the birth of their children, and dealing with sickness in their family. Seeing their faith in the passing of their grandparents and finding comfort and peace through Jesus while facing their fears and anxiety, the Gaithers composed this popular hymn.

While the name of Jesus brings hope, offers peace and comforts the hearts of Believers, it upsets and irritates atheists, infidels and unbelievers. Just ask Britt Hume. Tim Tebow. Phil Robertson. Or the apostle Peter.

In Acts 4, Peter and John were arrested following their healing of the lame man and for preaching Jesus. As they made their defense before the Sanhedrin Peter boldly affirmed that it was “by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.”

Finally, Peter proclaimed: “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.”

The name of Jesus upset the rulers and the unbelieving Jews, so the council conferred among themselves and commended them “not speak at all nor teach the name of Jesus.”

“But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

2,000 years later the controversy continues. Saying “I thank God” on national TV doesn’t spark the same reaction as invoking the name of Jesus. Why? Because “God” may mean anything or anyone to the hearer. Some ethereal Being. Allah. Or another deity. But Jesus is specific. Jesus was a real person. He lived a perfect live. Called his followers to holiness. And claimed equality with God.

There’s just something special about that name!

Shakespeare said in Romeo and Juliet “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” But the Bard of Avon was wrong! There something in a name. The name Benedict Arnold stands for treason. But Patrick Henry stands for courage. A name can be a burden or blessing? Remember Johnny Cash’s song “A boy named Sue?

A name speaks to the issue of identity. The wise man wrote, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver and gold. (Prov 22:1). The name of Jesus is great because of who He is. What He did. And how He impacts our lives.

There’s just something about that name.

Jesus is the most unique person in all of history. He has been given more titles, designations and metaphorical descriptions than anyone who has ever lived. One concordance lists 198 appellations attributed to Jesus.

Jesus is called the Ancient of Days. The Almighty God. And the Anointed one. He is the Beloved Son, the blessed of God and the Bridegroom. Jesus is called the Christ. The Captain of our Salvation. And the Chief Cornerstone.

Jesus is the Deliverer, the Divine Son, and the Door of the Sheep. He was called Emmanuel by the Angel, Master by his followers, and Rabbi by curious seekers. The Prophets identified Jesus as the Prince of Peace, the Root of David, and Redeemer of Israel.

The apostle Paul penned that Jesus was the Mediator, the Righteous Judge, and the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. John said Jesus was the Bright and Morning Star, the Beginning and the End, and the Alpha and the Omega.

Peter confessed Him as “the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Following the resurrection, when Thomas witnessed his riven side and nail scarred hands, he exclaimed, “My Lord! And my God!” John the Forerunner simply said Jesus was “the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”

And Jesus? Well, he said, “I am the Way, The Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

His name is Jesus. How fitting. Because it literally means “saves.” Indeed Jesus saves!

There’s just something about that name.

We Love the name
The holy name
Your precious name

Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.
There’s just something about that name.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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3 responses to “There’s Something About That Name

  1. ranger

    Great words

    Its like the popular and safe “person of faith” moniker that has ZERO to do with JESUS

    Preach on brother

  2. Contessa49

    Yes, there is something about that name Jesus!
    Jesus your name is power! Jesus
    Jesus Jesus Saviour Healer Provider our all in all

    Thank you for your post

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