No Other Name: New Sermon Series

by Wilma Vander Leek

What is in a name? What is the meaning of your name? Was it given to you for the actual name or the meaning behind it? Was that meaning supposed to help you to develop into who you would hopefully become?

History is full of names with rich meanings. Was it that they were named to be grand and famous or did they make their names for themselves?

What is in a name? Is it a claim to fame, a religious or even sacrilegious stance or something notorious? What images cross the windows of your mind when you hear the names of Socrates, Thomas Edison, and Nelson Mandela? Do you cringe when you hear the names of Idi Amin, Hitler, or Isis? Do you smile when you hear Shakespeare, Armstrong, Einstein or Alexander Fleming?

The book John wrote in the New Testament introduces Jesus by the name, “the Word:” a name pregnant with meaning. But then again Jesus was no ordinary person; He was God in the flesh, and look at the impact Jesus had on the world – He changed how we think about history. Who else has time frames after Him? None other than Jesus! Look at these great leaders: Nero died in the Year of our Lord 68, Napoleon died in the Year of our Lord 1821, Stalin died in the Year of our Lord 1953! Jesus was not the Lord of their lives, but their lives were still measured according to the life of Jesus!

John wrote his book so we would be clear about who Jesus is. His purpose in writing is stated in John 20:30-31.

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

There are seven miraculous signs in John that point to who Jesus is. The book of John walks us through his Gospel to prove conclusively that Jesus is the Son of God and that all who believe in Him will have eternal life!

A sign always points to something beyond itself, and John records fewer miracles in order to highlight the way in which the miracle or sign points to Jesus. These miracles point us toward the One who healed the sick, calmed the storm, and yes, even raised the dead.

Matt Redman wrote a song with words that speak clearly about Jesus whose name is above any other name:

Jesus, Only Jesus

Who had the power to raise the dead?

Who can save us from our sins?

He is our Hope, our righteousness

Jesus, only Jesus.

Who can make the blind to see?

Who holds the keys that set us free?

He paid it all to bring us peace

Jesus, only Jesus

 

Who can command the highest praise?

Who had the name above all names?

You stand alone, I stand amazed

Jesus, only Jesus

 

You will command the highest praise!

Yours is the name above all names! You stand alone, I stand amazed

Jesus, only Jesus!

Jesus, only Jesus!

As we can see from Redman’s song and when we look deeper into John’s Gospel, it is clear that there was something very different about this man named Jesus. He wasn’t the same as other prophets, speakers or the next fad leader. There was, no there is, something very different about this Man, who is God, whose name is like No Other.

One Comment on “No Other Name: New Sermon Series

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