THE NAME OF JESUS
Jesus’ Hebrew name was Jeshua, or Joshua in English. It was a common name in the Old Testament, and was used frequently. The difference between an ordinary person named Jesus and our Lord Jesus was that Jesus was the Christ, which means Messiah, or the Anointed One. This makes all the difference in the world!
Muslims believe in “a Jesus”, but not Jesus as the Messiah. They don’t believe that He is God in the flesh. Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses do not believe that He is God in the flesh either. We could list many religious organizations that do not believe Jesus is the Christ. So, what we believe about Jesus makes all the difference.
Many may know about Jesus, but they don’t know Him personally as the Christ, the Savior of their souls. It would be like knowing about a President, but never met him personally. Those that know Jesus know that HIS name is above all names because of who He is. The name of Jesus is our authority as Christians. We have no authority of our own, only through His name. Even the word Christian comes from following “the Christ”, or anointed one. There is power in the name of Jesus. There is healing in the name of Jesus. There is hope, faith, love and everything we need in the name of Jesus.
Jesus wants us to use His name, not in swearing (cussing) like the world, but in authority as believers. If you pray, you always go to the Father, in the name of Jesus. That opens the door into the throne room. When we speak to storms, we command them to cease in the name of Jesus.
One day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of the Father. How pleased the Father will be that we, as His children used the most powerful name of all as the authority in our lives!