There’s Just Something About That Name

There’s Just Something About That Name

 

Acts 3:1-8 (ESV) ~ Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But 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!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.

 

This account takes place in the shadow of Pentecost. The Spirit has come and indwelt the believers and the church is alive and well. It is on this day that Peter and John encounter a man who has a great need. He was hopeless in himself, but there was power in the name of Jesus. At the name of Jesus his life was transformed. There is still power in the name of Jesus. It is a name that is above every name. It is the name that all must bow to and recognize as Lord. It is the name that the angels worship even now. I want to look in on this encounter as we consider: There’s Just Something About that Name. We need to understand and appreciate the abiding lessons that are revealed concerning the power in Jesus’ name.

 

  • The Confidence of the Apostles
    • We find that Peter and John went together to the temple. This doesn’t look like the men that we read about in the Garden of Gethsemane. This isn’t the same men who went fishing filled with doubt. These men have encountered a might move of God as the Spirit descended upon them. They have witnessed countless souls coming to the Lord in salvation. Their spiritual lives have gone from one extreme to the other. They have traveled from the valley of despair to the mountain of victory.
      • It is often easy to get complacent and satisfied while on the mountain. Many had come to know Christ, but these men were not satisfied. There was a hunger in their hearts for more.
      • That is what we need in our day. We need those who will not be satisfied with what we see today. I am thankful for all that the Lord has done, but we cannot live off of yesterday’s blessings.
    • They went up together. We no longer see them arguing about who will be the greatest. Peter seems comfortable standing along side John instead of out front. They are working together for the Lord.
      • Unity is essential if we are to be productive for the Lord. We cannot expect to reach our fullest potential if we are not united. The church needs more unity in our day. It isn’t about who’s out front or getting the most recognition, but about working together for the glory of God.
    • Peter and John went to the temple at the hour of prayer.
      • This may not seem significant, unless we consider all they have experienced in recent days. It would’ve been easy for them to feel as if prayer was not necessary on a regular basis. It would’ve been easy for them to feel as if they had obtained a level of superiority and didn’t need to bother with it, but they continued to seek the Lord and worship Him. They were well aware that the Lord had performed these mighty acts among them.
      • There is a great lesson to be learned here. If we expect to see the Lord work among us in great and mighty ways, we must realize our dependence on Him. It is the Lord who has brought us here today. He is the source of our salvation and our strength. Were it not for His mercies and grace we would not have made it this far. We must never get to the place that we feel as if we no longer need the Lord. Without Him we can do nothing!
    • Jesus Christ, Power ~ Jesus is ALIVE. His presence and power are still active upon the earth. This is the most important thing God wants people to know. His Son, Jesus Christ, is alive. He is not dead, having passed from the scene of world history. He is alive and exalted to the right hand of the Father forever. His presence and power are still active upon the earth and will continue to be active in the lives of His true followers until He returns. His power is still available to men. He still loves and is still greatly concerned for the world and for every person in the world. But note three significant facts that must be understood.
      • Jesus’ presence and power are not found in silver and gold. Peter had …
        • No silver or gold
        • No money or material goods
        • No food or clothing
        • No housing or shelter
        • No social or community services
        • BUT NOTE: it was such things that the man wanted and expected and it was what the man seemed to need in the eyes of the world.
      • Jesus’ presence and power are found in JESUS’ name
      • Jesus’ presence and power are still at work, working miracles and meeting the needs of people. NOTE:
        • Peter reached down to take the man by the right hand and lift him up ~ WHAT FAITH!
        • The man let Peter ~ WHAT TRUST!
        • Jesus healed the man ~ WHAT POWER!

 

How much we need to trust Jesus—His presence and power! How much we need to quit questioning and arguing over whether or not we still have the right to call upon Jesus’ name, over whether or not we can still trust His presence and power! It is time to trust Jesus, to believe Him, His love and care for the suffering and lost souls of the world. It is time to go forth in the full presence and power of the Lord who is alive, whose presence and power are still available for the earth!
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}

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