Wednesday, September 2, 2009
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My parents really didn't put much thought into what they named me. They decided on the way to the hospital when they saw "Ronnie's Used Car Lot" along the way. So could I interest you in a '95 Chevy with low mileage? Well, my wife and I, and then our children, have put a little more thought into the names of our kids. Sometimes we pick names that reflect something about the child's heritage. We buy those books that tell you the meanings of thousand of names and we pick one that says something. You know? For example, our daughter's name means "consecrated to God" which she really is. Sometimes a person's name is more than just a name; it's actually a statement!
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "The Name That Says It All."
There is no name in the world like this one name - Jesus - as in Jesus, the Christ. If you know what that name means, and you respond accordingly, it will change your life forever. It will change where you spend eternity.
Mary and Joseph, Jesus' earthly parents, did not pick His name. God did. In Matthew 1:21, our word for today from the Word of God, the angel of the Lord is explaining to Joseph that his virgin fiancée is going to have a miracle baby, the Son of God, come to earth in a human form. And here are the angel's instructions to Joseph: "You are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins."
The name Jesus means something. It means "Jehovah saves." Or, to use a word that we understand very well these days, "Jehovah Rescues." Think of people trapped alive in the rubble of the World Trade Center on that September 11, and the men who risked everything to bring them out - the rescuers. God doesn't ever want us to forget who Jesus is and why He came to "save," or "rescue His people from their sins." Which clearly implies that we will die because of our sins unless there's a rescue.
There's no way to get yourself out of the rubble, out of the death penalty for hijacking the control of your life from your Creator and, as a result, repeatedly breaking His laws and putting bricks in the wall between Him and you. No amount of religion, no good deeds, no spirituality, no Christian activity is enough to dig you out. Your only hope is the one whose name is "Jehovah Rescues." And unless and until you abandon all other hopes and cling completely to God's Rescuer, Jesus, you are headed for hell's eternal punishment. But see, Jesus already took your punishment when He gave His life for you on the cross. What you have to do is reach out in faith and take for yourself what He did for you there.
So every time you speak Jesus' name, you speak why He came. It's what His life is all about - rescuing the dying. It's what our life should be all about if we belong to Him. Philippians 2 tells us that "at the name of (Jehovah Rescues) Jesus, every knee will bow." John 1:12 says, "To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God." To believe in His name is to believe that this One named "Jehovah Rescues" is your only hope.
Has there ever been a time when you've done that? There's no other kind of relationship with Jesus that will get you to heaven; not Jesus as your teacher, not Jesus as your religion, not Jesus as your belief. It has to be Jesus as your rescuer from your sin. If you've never really thrown your arms around God's rescuer and said, "Save me, Lord," don't wait another day to do that.
It would be my great joy to help you do that if I can. We've got a website that is set up to do just that. A lot of people have found the help that they were looking for when they wanted to be sure they have begun a relationship with Jesus by checking it out. I hope you'll go there today. It's YoursForLife.net. Or I'd be glad to send you my little booklet Yours For Life if you'll call the toll free number 877-741-1200.
This could be the day of your rescue! This could be the day you trade death for life, because life has a name - one name. The name you need to call on - it's Jesus.