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Jesus the name above all names

Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins. He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him and given Him a Name which is above every Name and it is excellent in all the earth…..Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved… They shall call  His name Immanuel, which is being interpreted “God with us”…holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour , which is Christ the Lord”…He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His Kingdom there shall be no end. And this  is His Name whereby He shall be called, ” The Lord our Righteousness. Jehovah Tsidkennu”…….that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow of things in heaven and things in earth and things under the earth…..His Name is called “The Word of God”.. He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of the Almighty God. And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a NAME written, ” KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and His Name One.

A good name is better than precious ointment:..” How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear! It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away his ear. Dear Name! the Rock on which we build; Our Shield and hiding place; our never – failing treasury , filled with boundless stores of grace. Jesus, our Saviour, Shepherd, Friend, Prophet and Priest and King; Our Lord, our Life, our Way, our End, Accept the Praise we bring..”.From the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same My Name shall be great among the Gentiles; And in every place incense shall be offered unto My Name and a pure offering: For My Name shall be great among the nations , saith the Lord of hosts…..Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the Man whose Name is The Branch; and He shall grow up out of His place and He shall build the temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory and shall sit and rule upon His throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.  His Name shall endure for ever: his Name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. My Lord and My God….He is thy Lord: Adonahy, Sovereign… and worship thou Him…I will make Thy Name to be remembered in all generations: Therefore shall the people praise Thee forever and ever. The hymns writer says..” But the high mysteries of His Name. An angel’s grasp transcend; The Father only ( glorious claim!) The Son can comprehend. Throughout the universe of bliss. The centre Thou and Sun, The eternal theme of praise is this, To heaven’s beloved One…His Names are glorious in their wondrous claims, His Titles famous in God’s vast domains; .. Alpha and Omega.. The First and the Last. ……Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory..JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

HAVE A CHRISTO CENTERIC LORD’S DAY.

By Joy Muringathery

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LETTING OUR LIGHT SHINE

Introduction

It’s taken from Matthew 5:16. The whole verse goes like this, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Let’s observe 3 things in this theme.

I. It’s a command.

A. A command is meant to be obeyed implicitly, explicitly and immediately.
B. A command is generally disliked by us. We have more taste for promises than commands. We are like children who go for jam and cream, and leave the bread slice uneaten.

II. It’s a command to let our light shine.

A. But the light can shine only if there is light.

1. We are the light of the world if have repented from our sins genuinely and believed on Lord Jesus Christ wholeheartedly.
2. We are the light of the world if we are truly born again and thoroughly saved.
3. In that case we are the children of light, not of darkness. As such, we are expected to live as children of light, and not participate in the deeds of darkness but expose them (Ephesians 5:8,10,11). We are expected to manifest the excellencies of the One who has called us out of darkness into his marvellous light (1Peter 2:9).
4. But if we aren’t saved then we aren’t light but darkness. In that case there no light. There is no question of letting our light shine when it’s not there.

B. We can let our light shine through good works. V. 16

1. When we love God with all of our heart, mind and strength, we are letting our light shine before others (Deuteronomy 6:5).
2. When we love our neighbours, we are letting our light shine before others (Leviticus 19:18).
3. When we love our enemies, forgive them, bless them and pray for them, we are letting our light shine before others (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:28).
4. When we are living an exemplary life in the light of God’s word, we are letting our light shine for the glory of God.
5. When we share the gospel of salvation with those who are sitting in the darkness and the shadow of death, we are letting our light shine on them. It says in Matthew 4:15, 16, “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles- the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”

III. It’s a command, easily discarded.

A. We can hinder our light shining before others (Cf. Keeping our light under the basket).

1. Through hypocrisy.
2. Duplicity.
3. Dishonesty in finances.
4. False accounts.
5. False reports.
5. Sexual immorality, having illicit love affairs.
6. Deception.
7. Works of our sinful flesh (Galatians 5:19-21).

Conclusion

Are we letting our light shine before others through our good works? Or, are we hindering it through our deeds of darkness?

Are people glorifying God because of us? Or, are we a hindrance in their coming to faith?

Is God’s name blessed or blasphemed because of us? Is our light shining?

By Richard Masih, New Delhi

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