“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“Do All in the Name of the Lord Jesus”

(Please read Colossians 3:17)

February 9

We who call ourselves “Christians” are thus wearing the name of Christ, and we should be deeply impressed with the honor — and responsibility — that this name carries. Paul referred to the magnificence of that name in this almost sublime language to the Philippians: “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (2:9-11, NIV).

Think of how often we use the name of Jesus. Our prayers are presented in his name, for it is in this name that he promised fulfillment (see John 14:13-14). Coming from heaven itself, he was greater than any religious leader who had gone before. A prophet, a priest, a lawgiver, a king, he was called “Immanuel,” which means “God with us.”

The importance of his name cannot be exaggerated. In his name, acting by his authority, we are baptized “into him” (see Acts 2:38 and Galatians 3:27). And in his name we assemble to worship (Matthew 18:20). He told his apostles that in his name they would cast out demons and heal the sick in his name, and in the infancy of the church they did those things.

His name provides wondrous blessings for humankind, for it is in his name that we become children of God; indeed there is life in his name (John 20:31). Let’s remember to offer daily praise and thanksgiving in that blessed name.

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