April 19

Acts 4:5-12

“let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead.” vs. 10

The early disciples were unabashed name-droppers! Whenever they were in a tough spot or needed a spiritual power boost they dropped the name of Jesus and were amazed at the results. People of faith have continued that practice ever since, and even now at sick beds and in worship the name of Jesus is invoked. We do it not because we’re superstitious or because we believe in magic, but because it localizes the presence of the Christ in our daily living. When we do and say things in the name of Jesus we are asking for our hands and hearts to convey his love and healing to the hurting and the needy in our presence. Sadly, because of sin, there are some for whom the precious name of Jesus has become a curse or an expletive, and it’s used to express anger or frustration. It shouldn’t surprise us–people have been using the Name in vain since the time of Moses. But how much better it is when we drop the name to invoke the real presence of our living Lord. And it’s not only pastors or priests who should be using it. The name of Jesus is a gift we can all use as we spread abroad the love and grace of God.

Thought for the Day: When do I drop the name of Jesus?

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