‘And now I am coming to you; I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world. Holy Father! Keep them safe by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one just as you and I are one.’ – Jesus (John 17:11)
If you are tempted to think that the name of Jesus Christ is less than God’s other names in the Bible, think again. It is the greatest of His names, the name before which “all beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will fall on their knees” (Philippians 2:10).
In this Easter season, let’s reaffirm the name of Jesus as God’s very own name. It is the name God chose for his son to carry, the name with which Jesus himself asks the Father to protect us as his disciples after he ascended to heaven. It’s a name of miracles and blessings, which have been been passed onto us, just as Elijah’s cloak of power and authority was passed onto Elisha (2 Kings 2:13).
We know, however, that there are risks in carrying this name. But we should know, too, that the blessings of carrying this marvellous name in this world and the next far outweigh the risks! Reading the verse above, we should take encouragement that the name of Jesus is like a huge canopy of protection over every true follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. Although he physically departed from the earth, we as Christians who carry the name of ‘Christ’ as his children, are under God’s personal protection.
As we approach Easter, we thank God that, despite the world’s hatred of Jesus, which condemned him to die on the Cross, the name he has passed onto us equips us beyond imagination and comparison to face the world with love and strength. Protection, provision, peace, joy, unity, eternal life are just a few of the abundant blessings we have as Christians. Jesus won these for us on the Cross.
As we contemplate our Lord’s departure from the earth, let’s praise him for all the blessings that his name has brought to us. It’s the greatest resource we have as a family of believers all over the world. Treasure and honour this mighty name, today and every day. I invite you to join me in saying this prayer: “Lord Jesus, thank you for your wonderful name. Please help me to live in it and through it. In your mighty name. Amen.”