The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. (Proverb 18:10)
Sound familiar? How many times have we worshiped Almighty God, with this very Scripture. Think for a moment, what this name engulfs.
Names are descriptive: Caesar, Washington, Columbus and so on, seem to be more descriptive than the John Doe's of this world. Some names seem to carry a depth of meaning that others lack.
Parents sometimes take the longest time to select a name for their unborn child. Perhaps, it is with hopes that the character or what that name represents will rub off on their child. Why even when Solomon was born, Father God reviewed his name; reclaiming the child with this name, Jedediah, "loved of God!"
At the name of "Jesus," every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that he is Lord! Yes, Jesus is the Lord's name! We know he was born in a manger in Bethlehem. Grew up in favor with God and man. Expose the powers of darkness along with man's sin nature. Revealed God's eternal purpose for all mankind through love. His precarious death and resurrection from the dead made this possible. Now, we find Jesus is also a strong tower of safety. Can you imagine all this in one name, Jesus! Praise the Lord!
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savior of his knowledge by us in every place. (II Corinthians 2:14)
As we quickly approach the release of "I Am Yours," my thoughts seem to go directly to the awesome possibilities. Just think, Father God's sovereign unlimited authority, power, compassion and mercies all enveloped in one name: JESUS! His name will be held high. Thousands of voices singing, praising and glorifying God. Thanking him. Exalting him. Inviting him to hear and see just what his love has done. Even more profoundly, what his love is about to do.
Look at the above Scripture, "always causeth us to triumph in Christ." See what I mean; the possibilities are awesome. Do you think he will forget about you? All your love and service to him. Your faith built strong and pure; founded on the living of his word. He maketh manifest the savour (excellent taste) of his knowledge. I can see nothing else but a complete satisfying of every hunger and thirst. Praise the Lord!
But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. (Galatians 4:26)
Today in some cultures the celebration of Mother's Day is at hand. Encircled with mixed emotions, all mothers will receive different recognitions of honor. Does not the holy Scriptures command to honor thy father and mother? (Matthew 15:4). Yet, when Jesus was informed that his mother and brother were awaiting him outside, before his audience, Jesus immediately address the salutation this way, "Who is my mother, or my brethren?" (Mark 3:33)
Beloved when God imparts into a life a "born again experience;" there must be a mother somewhere. Unlike Jesus' natural mother from without; this mother births from within. A spiritual mother, parenting a spiritual child. Engraving an image upon our hearts and minds of eternal life; vacating the premise of separation from God to an occupancy being filled with his spirit. Yes, the Jerusalem which is above is more than just an expression of words; but a reality of mother and child. Praise the Lord!
And there are also many other things Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen (John 21:25)
This Scripture concludes the Gospel of John; the fourth Gospel proceeded by Matthew, Mark and Luke. How fitting to end the series of "hands on experience" of the life and ministry of Jesus. The conclusion here is that there are many other things that Jesus did. In hopes that you and I might grasp what he is saying; the author goes on to paint this picture, "I suppose the world could not contain the books written."
Can you think of any subject matter in all your experiences that could receive this credential? The apostle John is saying here that Jesus never stop being Jesus. All that has been written in the Gospels about him barely scratches the surface. Yet, in the Gospels we can see this man waken in the middle of the night to screams of help. (Mark 4:38) . Exhausted, overworked and pressed out; he is jolted with the screams of panicked men. How does Jesus respond? With anger, correction or being disorientated? His response, "peace, be still." (Mark 4:39). With their own eyes, they did see their troubles vanish!
He fed his lambs, he bathed his sheep and he opens heaven for all that seek him. He never limits your unlimited God! Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder