The Marginalizing Of Jesus’ Name In The Early Church
The apostles faced the same problem when Peter and John healed a crippled man.
Acts 3:6 “Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
Peter pulls the crippled man up and his legs gain strength and he is miraculously healed! No one could deny he was crippled and no one can deny he was healed.
The Power In A Name
It’s interesting that in Acts 4 the Sanhedrin (which is likened to the US Supreme Court) question Peter and John about the healing.
Acts 4:7 “They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”
How strange? Why did they ask by what POWER or NAME the crippled man was healed by?
The answer is found in what they all believed is found in a name.
“In Semitic (relating to or denoting a family of languages that includes Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic) thought, a name does not just identify or distinguish a person; it expresses the very nature of his being. Hence the power of the person is present and available in the name of the person.”
In Jewish culture, when the name of a person is spoken the nature of His being is released. The power of the person is manifested in the name of the person.
The Lord’s very nature and all of heaven are expressed in His Name.
No wonder the Sanhedrin tried to marginalize the Name of Jesus because His very nature is released at the mention of it!
Here is what Peter and John said when the courts of Jewish law told them to stop using the Name of Jesus.
Acts 5:27-29 “The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” 29 Peter and the other apostles replied: ‘We must obey God rather than men!'”
The Attempt To Shut Down His Name
It’s not a coincidence that the Name of Jesus is being intentionally fought over in the battleground of our schools, military, libraries and virtually every other government agency.
It’s alarming to discover the number of public workplaces and government agencies who are using the guise of being “politically correct” as a means to intimidate believers from sharing their faith and His Name.
Say His Name Often
There needs to be a new boldness in the hearts of believers.
Say His Name often. Pray and declare Jesus’ Name in the marketplace, schools, malls, anywhere life takes you.
Realize that the Name of Jesus is far more than a tagline at the end of our prayers. His Name changes the atmosphere and releases His world into ours.
Question: Are you feeling that you would get in trouble for sharing your faith or using the name of Jesus in the workplace?