For centuries there has been one name that is looked upon as offensive and controversial above all else. One name that valedictorians are not allowed to mention in their graduation speech’s.
One name not allowed in school papers or to be mentioned in the workplace. One name that is no longer allowed to be said in schools, public places, or be printed on t-shirts.
One name that so many claim brings so much discrimination, oppression, and hatred. One name that is getting closer and closer to being considered illegal contraband to even mention.
What name is this?
Hitler, Stalin, or Osama bin Laden? No, these are all infamous people notoriously known for horrible atrocities of evil; including the murder of many people, but these names are not considered as offensive or controversial and people can freely talk about them as they wish.
There is only one name that this world has pushed for centuries to be forbidden.
That name is Jesus.
“Why is that?” you may be thinking.
If I had to sum it all up into one sentence, it is because there is power in the name of Jesus.
Jesus was born so that he could die on the cross for our sins and give us eternal life through salvation.
However, some people refuse to accept this as truth, or they have put their eternity, time, and hope into the wrong “jesus”.
Some people will claim to be a Christian and believe in Jesus, agree that He was a fleshly man who walked the Earth during the first century, they will agree that He ‘may’ have done miracles back then, but then say they do not believe He died on the cross and rose again or that He is coming back.
The problem with that is if the person truly believes those things, then the Jesus they are claiming to believe in and follow is NOT the Jesus of the Bible and therefore cannot save them.
Dr. Voddie Baucham used this example:
Let’s pretend you are shopping and have forgot where you parked. You know you drive a four-door white sedan, so that is what you are searching for. You see a four-door white sedan just an aisle over but if that is not the correct white four-door sedan your key is not going to work. It is not your car.
This is where many people are at when it comes to who they believe Jesus is. Yes, they agree on certain things, but denying that Jesus is who He says He is in the Bible does not change who He is; it only means you have the wrong ‘jesus’ and your ‘key’ is not going to work.
There is only one Jesus who can save you and He makes himself known to each of us through His Word, the Bible.
Attacking the name of Jesus is nothing new. Peter and John were told to stop using the name of Jesus when they were before the Sanhedrin, and we are still being told that today.
You can have your religions, you can have your meetings, you can heal and help people, but you CANNOT use the name of Jesus.
You see they will allow all the things that come with the power in the name of Jesus, but they do not want the name of Jesus to be used.
Well, bad news without the name of Jesus– there is no power.
It is Jesus Christ alone who can save the lost, broken, hurt, and sinful people that we are. It is Jesus Christ alone who can perform miracles, heal the sick, help the hurting, and love without end. Without Jesus, we are nothing.
Discrimination, oppression, and hatred do all exist and Jesus has plenty to say about all of it. These things are products of the absence of Christ and presence of unrepented sin.
Sin itself is the oppressor. Guilt, shame, bitterness, hatred, and more all come from the enemy, Satan.
In Jesus, there is no condemnation for those who repent of their sins and accept the blood of Jesus as the atonement for their sin. Once forgiven, God no longer holds these things against you, in fact the Bible says He puts them as far from us as the east is to the west. (Psalm 103:12)
I am going to leave you with two final thoughts.
If Jesus is not who He says He is and if there is no power in the name of Jesus; then why have people tried so hard to forbid his name pre-Christian culture and post-Christian culture?
What can we do as Bible believing Christian’s to help others hear how sweet, loving, and powerful the name of Jesus is?