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No Other Name!

Philippians 2:5-11

Verse 10 …that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

We finished our time together yesterday by talking about how Jesus has been exalted to the highest place of honor and our verse today shows that His name alone should remind us of this.

We tend to toss the name of Jesus around with little to no thought. And while that is breaking the 3rd commandment, we don’t understand how hateful it is. To throw His name around with no real adoration behind it is a slap in His face. This isn’t how we should respond or handle the name of God, and Jesus is God.

When Jesus’ disciples asked Him how to pray He gave them an example and that sample prayer began with, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” To hallow someone’s name means to keep it holy, set apart. His name should be precious to us. His name was so special to the Jewish people that they wouldn’t even write it out in completion because they didn’t want to take a chance of making light of His name.

A good example of how powerful His name is happened when Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. When He said that He was “I AM” every one of those guards fell backwards to the ground. His saying “I AM” was not Him simply saying that He was the Jesus they were looking for, He was saying He was God, using the same name that God used for Himself to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:14).

Perhaps it is that we forget that He is God. We miss the opportunities to worship Him each time we see or hear His name. And when His name rolls off of our tongue we need to learn to stop and think about what we are saying about Him.

He never changes. He who holds the name that is above all names will never lose His position. He is the exalted One of God, the Chosen One, chosen before the creation of the world to be the redeemer of our souls. He alone deserves our never ending praise and respect. His name should give us pause and never cease to bring us awe of who He is.

Making It Personal

How would you evaluate your reverence for His name? Do you find yourself using His name flippantly? What needs to change about your use and thinking about His name?

Making It Personal Kids

Why is Jesus’ name special? How should you treat His name? How can you treat His name more special?

Closing Prayer

Father, there is no name that should bring us to our knees besides Yours. Help us learn to revere Your name as You deserve. Help us see You for who You are. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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