As we approach the Christmas season, one of the most fantastic passages on the “Birth, Death and Exaltation” or the “Cradle, Cross and the Crown” of the Lord Jesus is found in Philippians 2:5-11,
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: (7) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (8) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (9) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Notice again verse 9, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:” Before Christ was born the angel told Joseph exactly what to call Him in Matthew 1:21, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Notice some things about this lovely Name.
1. It is an EASY Name. It is pronounced almost the same in every language.
2. It is a BEAUTIFUL Name. There are many wonderful names and titles ascribed to Christ throughout the Bible. But the sweetest name of all to every believer is Jesus.
“Jesus” – O how sweet the name, “Jesus” – every day the same,
“Jesus” – let all saints proclaim its worthy praise forever.
3. It is a COMFORTING Name, for it means, “Jehovah Saves.” It is the only name under heaven whereby we can, we must, be saved.
4. It is a MIGHTY Name. At the name the demons tremble. Some day every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that “Jesus is Lord.”
5. It is an ENDURING Name. Born in obscurity 2000 years ago, dying like a criminal at the age of only 33; He has the most well-known name in the world.
The hymn “That Beautiful Name” written by Jean Perry and published in 1916 has found a place in the affections of Christian people everywhere.
I know of a Name, a beautiful Name, that angels brought down to earth;
They whispered it low, one night long ago, to a maiden of lowly birth.
I know of a Name, a beautiful Name, that unto a Babe was given;
The stars glittered bright throughout that glad night, and angels praised God in heaven.
The One of that Name my Savior became, my Savior of Calvary;
My sins nailed Him there; my burdens He bare; He suffered all this for me.
I love that blest Name, that wonderful Name, made higher than all in heaven;
‘Twas whispered, I know, in my heart long ago-To Jesus my life I’ve given.
That beautiful Name, that beautiful Name from sin has power to free us!
That beautiful Name, that wonderful Name, that matchless Name is Jesus.
We wish you from our home to your home a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a blessed Christ-centered NEW YEAR in the Lord during 2011.
Yours because of the Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown of Jesus,
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