Using the name Jesus, to express contempt, ill feelings or false glory, is immoral and God said no one will go unpunished. But the Good News is, because we believe in the meaning of the name Jesus, we can ask God for forgiveness. The name Jesus comes from Greek for Joshua, which means God is salvation.
salvation – noun : deliverance from the power and effects of sin
Because an angel instructed Mary what name to give her son, she knew God sent Jesus for a divine purpose.
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
The name Jesus defines salvation. Jesus was born to die. He was without sin, yet gave His life for our sins. The sacrificial lamb [Jesus—God in the flesh] had to be pure to take on the sins of humanity at the Cross. Because humans all sin; God’s only choice was God Himself for the sacrifice. Otherwise, mankind would suffer eternal separation from God. Breaking The Law requires punishment, so God sent Jesus to carry ALL our sins to the Cross. This loving gift saved us from eternal separation from God. We have salvation from damnation by faith and belief in the name of Jesus Christ.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
And it is through the body and the blood of Jesus Christ, that Christians celebrate Communion. We participate in the Holy Sacrament that Jesus initiated. We share the elements: eating the bread—Christ’s body. And drink the wine—Christ’s blood. We remember what God has done, commune together and give thanks. Jesus the Christ, the anointed, personally asked us to partake in this sacrament “…in remembrance of me [Jesus].”
So how can we dare offend Him? Use His son’s name—His body nailed to The Cross for our sins so that we will have eternal life in heaven—in a vile and flippant manner? Thankfully, God knows our sinfulness and not only offers us salvation, He offers us mercy.
mercy – noun : compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender
Mercy is God’s choice not to punish us, even though our sinfulness deserves punishment. It is simply offered, not earned by us. It is another gift given from God.
Jesus is The Name of the living, visible God who walked this earth two thousand years ago. Who willingly gave no resistance to His arresting officers. Who endured being spit upon, and accepted cruel fists thrown at His face for our sins. He suffered brutal flogging, a crown of thorns and mockery for our sinful past, present and future choices. Forced to carry on His back His own means of execution, the Cross. Exhaustingly, He trudged up Golgotha to be crucified for our sins. Nails were driven into His hands and feet, so He would die a slow, torturous death. Jesus endured all of this for us. We need to lift Him up, don’t pull Him down.
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Great reading. God bless you
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