You have kept my word and have not denied my name Revelation 3:8).
In a previous message, I mentioned the mighty and holy name, "Jesus," that name which is above every name, which every tongue shall confess, and at which every knee shall bow.
Most scholars believe His Hebrew name, the name which Mary and His friends called Him, was Yeshua, meaning salvation. That is what the angel told Joseph to call Him, "because he will save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21. NIV). Jesus is an anglicized rendering. But we know that He answers to both!
Have you ever mentioned the name "Jesus" in a secular setting, such as at a social gathering or place of business? If you have, you may have noticed that things get suddenly quiet, or there are other interesting reactions.
A Christian friend was standing in a line at the Post Office recently and struck up a conversation with a man standing in front of him, who began bragging about being a runner. The man said that he runs seven miles a day, and eats only raw fruits and vegetables, especially juices, explaining how the nutrients in the juices go immediately into the system to the cells. He also said that while he ran, he meditated.
"Aha," my friend thought to himself," this is a good opening." He replied to the runner, "On what do you meditate?"
The man said that he was into yoga, but he was unclear as to what he actually meditated on. Perhaps he just caused his mind to go blank, maybe uttering a Hindu yoga chant, opening himself up to demonic influence -- a danger of New Age meditation.
My friend's next words were like a knife slicing the air, and when he spoke, it was like truth and eternity itself suddenly invaded that Post Office. He said, "I meditate on Jesus."
A lady was standing next to them in line, overhearing the conversation. Upon hearing the name of Jesus, she suddenly lit up and smiled, giving an affirming nod, saying, "Yes, that's it." Surprisingly, the man himself seemed suddenly enlightened, agreeing that it was a good idea to meditate on Jesus. I have no doubt that runner will never be the same and, in answer to my friend's prayers, he will finding himself running and thinking about Jesus!
Let us always be ready to inject that powerful name whenever the Holy Spirit gives opportunity.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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