Words from the Heart for Wednesday March 7th, 2018
So God lifted him up to the highest place. God gave him the name that is above every name.
Philippians 2:9 (NIRV)
Name Above Every Name
The broken, bleeding Saviour who gave His last breath on the cross did not look like a hero. When they laid Him in a borrowed grave He did not seem like a Conqueror or a Warrior King. But, God lifted Him up! The Lord Jesus Christ now rules and reigns. His name is above every name. No one holds more authority than our Lord. Let His victorious name be proclaimed in all the earth!
The most common street name in Canada is Second. First is actually the second most common name. How can this be? Streets named Second do not necessarily follow a First street. Second will often come after whatever serves as a city’s primary thoroughfare, sometimes First Street, but also Main Street, Front Street or something else. Other than numbers, the most common street name is, fittingly for our country, Maple, which is followed by other natural street names: Park and Pine.
Think for a minute about the number of names used in this world. There are names of people, places, businesses, pets, institutions, just to name a few. I can’t begin to imagine how many billions and billions of names there have been in the world over its history. In light of this, consider the impact of Paul’s statement in Philippians 2:9, “So God lifted him up to the highest place. God gave him the name that is above every name.” The name Jesus is the name that is above every other name – every single one of the billions of names. Why is this? Jesus’ name in Hebrew is Yeshua, which means “Yahweh saves.” The greatest need on the planet is for a redeemer, a Saviour, who can wipe away our sin and reign in righteousness over our hearts. There is no one else who can set us free from our sin except Jesus. There is no one who can draw us into relationship with our Creator except Jesus. There is no one who can empower us to live a life of victory except Jesus. There is a unique power in the greatest of all names.
These have been words from the heart.