DAY 60: Sunday 17 May
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Good morning everyone on this is the 9th Sunday of ‘virtual church’ and the 60th of these daily emails.
Let’s start with some Shakespeare from Romeo & Juliet -
Juliet is not allowed to associate with Romeo because he is a Montague. If he had any other name it would be fine. She’s complaining that his name is meaningless. If the rose had any other name it would still be the same. So with Romeo; he would still be the same beautiful young man even if he had a different name. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.
But what is in a name? In the old days (well, when most of us were growing up) the cop chasing the villain would shout out ‘Stop in the name of the Law’. The phrase ‘in the name of ….’ invokes the authority of the name person or authority. In the name of the sovereign, emperor or nation would signify no higher authority.
The name of God is the highest possible authority and it is so important that we remember the third Commandment -
Exodus 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Sadly today’s culture encourages people to break this commandment with constant expletives of ‘For God’s sake’, ‘In God’s name’ or ‘O my God’, now abbreviated to OMG! Let us guard against falling into these traps.
We are well accustomed to the phrase ‘In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit’ used at the end of a prayer or blessing and that signifies there is no higher authority. We sing many songs and hymns referring to the name of Jesus because there is no higher authority. For almost 2000 years the name of ‘Jesus’ has been invoked by Christians in times of desperate situation, for healing, for peace, for miraculous intervention and for salvation. - Joel 2:32 - And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved
The names of great people last only for a time and are usually associated with just one aspect of greatness – intelligence, authority, wisdom, good works.
God is so great that our vocabulary needs many names to describe his greatness – I AM, Omnipotent. Eternal, Majestic, Gracious, Love, Wisdom, and many, many more.
Jesus has names – The Word, Good Shepherd, Messiah, Saviour, King, Redeemer, Wonderful Counsellor, Prince of Peace, Bread of Life, Author & Perfecter, Bridegroom, Chief Cornerstone, Deliverer, Advocate, Rock High Priest, Lamb of God, Judge, Mediator, Light of the World, The Way, The Truth, The Life, and many more.
Philippians 2:10 - at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth
Today’s audio ‘virtual’ service is pieced together from previous Chapel service recordings and this week we listen to Alan Armstrong speaking on ‘We love the name of Jesus’.
The service recording lasts 34 minutes >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/pa/21592340.mp3
Update on Sheila – we reported yesterday that she understood she would have to wait a fortnight before any operation would be undertaken. Speaking with Sheila yesterday, she now understands that her procedure could happen sooner than that.
Do you remember David Wilkerson who wrote the book ‘The Cross and the Switchblade’ about his mission to the street gangs of New York in the 1960’s. A film was made in 1970 telling the story and has now been re-released for the 50th anniversary. You can watch it here online >>>
MAKE YOU SMILE:
President George W. Bush decided it was time to do some public relations by visiting a local Washington nursing home.
The President began his "tour" down the main hallway and passed by a little old man who didn't seem to notice him.
Sensing this, President Bush backtracked to the resident and asked, "Do you know who I am?"
The little old man looked up from his walker and replied, "No, but if you go to the front desk, they will tell you your name."
Enjoy the rest of this day