Jesus

Marc Chagall, Le Christ et le peintre

A few years ago one of the deacons in our church suffered a heart attack. While they were carting him off to “hospitaland”, the pastor asked the church to speak the name of Jesus.

The name of Jesus changes everything.

When Peter and John met the lame man in Acts 3, Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” Pope Innocent II once told Saint Thomas Aquinas “You see, Thomas,” said the Pope, “the church can no longer say, ‘Silver and gold have I none.’” “True, holy father,” was the reply; “neither can she now say, ‘Rise and walk.’”

The name of Jesus cuts through every denomination and device. The name of Jesus delivers us from every demon, disease and death.

The temptation of every generation is to think their “Jesus” is the best Jesus yet.

We remove the past and the future from Hebrews 13:8.

The Eastern Church practices “The Jesus Prayer.” It’s even simpler than “Come Lord Jesus Be Our Guest.”  Monks say the prayer under their breath 24×7. It’s their way of fulfilling Paul’s command to “Pray without Ceasing.” It’s  also their way of identifying with the bad guys of the Bible.

In Jesus day, the bad guys weren’t the sinners but the guys who removed the living God from their perfect theology.

Do you need to change the atmosphere today?  Say the name of Jesus.

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