“Some observe that this name JESUS was given to Him twice; once til death, [Matt 1:21] and afterwards forever [Phil 2:10]. The first was a note of His entering into Covenant with God, to fulfill the Law for us and to die for our sins; the second was a note of so meritorious a person, who for His humility was more exalted than any person ever hath been, or shall be. First, JESUS was the humble name of His deserving grace; now JESUS is the exalted name of His transcendent glory: At first the Jews did crucify Jesus and His name; and the Apostles did then distrust, whether Jesus was the true Jesus: but now God hath raised Him from the dead and ‘hath highly exalted Him and given Him a name above every name, That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth [Phil 2:9,10].”
I’m back in Isaac Ambroses’ “Looking Unto Jesus” for some devotional fodder, hence the quote above. I remember the first time I realized that Matthew was proclaiming the divinity of Jesus by the knowledge of His name.
Mat 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.
Jesus, meaning “Yahweh saves”, was to be called this because He, Himself will save His people, and if He is the one saving them, then He is Yahweh! Matthew further says that this was the fulfillment of the coming of Immanuel, “God with us”. Jesus is with us, therefore Jesus is God with us. This was thrilling to me.
And now Ambrose has made me appreciate Jesus’ name in a new way. This name is the exalted name of God the Son, for He, Yahweh is to be bowed before, both friends and enemies. This is the name that is above all names, “Yahweh saves”!
Phil 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;
It made me look further at what the Scriptures say about the name Jesus. I’m sure there are many other things, but these two I also found amazing.
1 Cor 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called [to be] saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
We Christians are referred to those who call upon the name of the Jesus the Messiah. We not only bow, but we also call upon Him, for He alone saves.
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
There is life and salvation through His name, for He is Yahweh who saves. This is the sum of the Gospel. It is simple, yet so profound. God who alone can save us, has saved us, His people.
I neglect calling upon the name of Jesus, when He is all I need to call upon.
The world uses His name in vain too; that the world would call upon His name in faith.