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August 8, 2018, 8:50 AM

No Other Name

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

“There is no other name” (Acts 4:12).

In Acts 4:1-12 we discover that Peter went to jail for preaching Jesus Christ to “the people.” Brought before the court, he preached Jesus Christ to “the rulers.” (vv. 1, 8). When I was growing up, we used to sing a chorus, “Everybody ought to know who Jesus is.” That is how Peter felt about it, so wherever he was he preached Jesus. The reason for his zeal is made clear by the text: “There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” In other words, no one else can do what Jesus does! No other name can save. “No other name.” Let’s think about this exclusive claim.

First, “No other name” has such power to heal. “By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth… this man stands before you completely healed” (v. 10). Peter’s words to the court recall his words to the cripple: “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk” (3:6). Walk he did, and more than walk. He leaped for joy and praised God as a gawking crowd looked on! Peter could have invoked the names of every doctor in the Roman Empire, and that crippled beggar would have been still on his seat, not on his feet. But Jesus has proved His power to heal in countless cases through the centuries, and He is just the same today.

Second, “No other name” has such power to arouse hatred. Verse 2 tells us that certain Jewish leaders “were greatly disturbed” because the apostles were preaching and teaching Jesus. His name may delight many, but it disturbs others. Jesus has been the most deeply loved and the most fiercely hated name in history. He insisted that people were for Him or against Him. He frankly admitted that He was a divider of families. Some praise His name in song and prayer. Others breathe that name in curses and blasphemy. Down through history people who hate His name have launched their “stop Jesus” campaigns, but all have failed. Ancient Jew or modern dictator, no ruler can defeat Him. How they have tried! Dr. Salk invented a polio vaccine and was given a Nobel prize. Dr. Jesus healed the sick and was given a cross. He evokes the hatred and wrath of those who will not repent of their sins. We might as well learn the lesson that Peter learned – when you follow Jesus, you meet opposition.

Third, “No other name” has such power to offer hope. “Salvation is found in no one else” (v. 12). Call the list of the wealthiest people on earth. No redeemer is found among them. Warren Buffet’s fortune cannot save. Call the roll of politicians. No deliver is found among them. The president’s policies cannot save. Call the names of all the great educators. No savior is found among them. Harvard’s wisdom cannot save. Call the top scientists. No rescuer is found among them. Einstein’s theories cannot save. Their achievements may help to civilize; but only Jesus, crucified and risen, has power to redeem from sin and reconcile to God. Only His name is vested with saving power. Only He offers a future and a hope to our perishing world. “By what name?” the court asked. The question is, “Who can heal and save?” “There is no other name,” the Scripture affirms. Only Jesus can heal and save. The Resurrection means that “there is no other name… by which we must be saved.”

Let us join in prayer: Grant me, O Lord, heavenly wisdom, that I may learn to seek you above all things, and to understand all other things as they are according to the order of your wisdom. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens

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