You Shall Call His Name Jesus

Jesus (Iesus/Yeshua=God is salvation) was a common name in Israel. There were probably numbers of little boys running around with the same name, but this One–this Jesus–was the first and only One ever able to live up to the name!

Joseph called Him Jesus; God called Him the Beloved Son in whom he was well pleased,

Peter called Him Master. Bartimaeus called Him the Son of David. A legion of demons growled at Him as they called Him the Son of the Most High. Pilate called Him The King of the Jews.

Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, called Him wisdom from God, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. When he wrote to the Ephesians, Paul identified Him as the chief cornerstone, the creator, the truth. In the Thessalonian letters, he said Jesus was He who delivers us from the wrath to come.

To Timothy, Paul referred to Him as our hope, our God, the seed of David, and the judge of the living and the dead.

The writer of Hebrews called Jesus the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, the Mediator of the new covenant, and the great Shepherd of the sheep.

When John looked upon Jesus in the revelation, he wrote that He was the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.

He has been called many things, but Jesus says it all!

There is no other name given under Heaven whereby we must saved.

Even now all who call on the name of Jesus in faith shall be saved.

Friends I encourage you, you who are lost, you who doubt, Jesus says to you, “Look unto me, and be ye saved all the ends of the earth.”

The ends of the earth includes you my friend.

-Pastor Benjamin Webb

*Excerpt from morning sermon on December 23, 2017. To hear the complete message, visit Pastor Ben’s sermon page here.*

He Shall Be Great

When the angel Gabriel came to Mary to announce that she would be the mother of the Christ, the Savior of the world, he told Mary these things: “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” (Luke 1:32-33)

“He will be great.” That, my friend, was an understatement.

At twelve years old, He left the intellectual elite of the day scratching their heads in awe of His understanding. Later He altered the biological and chemical composition of water with only a word and without a lab. He gave sight back to the blind without an eye exam, He restored the leper without a pharmacy, and He cured terminal diseases without even charging a copay.

He defied the law of gravity without ever defiling the law of God. He spoke to the wind and it laid down like an obedient service dog.

He fed thousands with a snack pack. He made the dead get out of bed. He answered the unanswerable with wisdom beyond his years.

He was beaten for being good and died for those who had been bad.

In His death, He made our last enemy His first casualty. He was knocked down, but make no mistake, He got back up. He assaulted the gates of hell from the inside, assessed deaths holdings, made the down payment, and walked away with the keys.

He led a group of uneducated fishermen to start a revolution that spans across empires and ages. He ascended into Heaven and, in full confidence, approached the inapproachable God and sat down.

He was great, He is great, and He remains great forever.

Amen.

-Pastor Ben Webb

The Comfort of God

“The problem with God isn’t that He has been tried and found wanting, it is that He has been wanting to be tried. People who could find all of the peace, solace and strength they could ever need and more hit bottom because they refuse to ask God for the help He willingly and lovingly offers.” – Jerry Godsey, Third Option Men

Over the years God has grown me through various trials. It’s no secret that trials aren’t fun, even when you have the assurance that with God’s leading you will come out the other side. It has taken a while to sink in, but I am finally learning that God should always be the first one to hear the voice of my struggle and not my final option.

When I first read Mr. Godsey’s comment, I told myself that I had never really hit the bottom. But now, that’s just silly, right? The truth is that I can’t count the number of times my “strength” has told me I can solve the problem alone, only to find myself deep in a pit and regretting that I waited so long to cry out to God.

I learned this lesson well several years ago, when I found myself in a quandary about a situation in our home. I spent several sleepless nights, tossing and turning as I tried to decide how to handle the situation. The issue consumed my thoughts each day as I attempted to complete my work. After several days of this restlessness, and after I had exhausted every human option and myself as well, I cried out to God. I remember the day well. I was heading home after work with this heavy weight on my heart and mind. In a moment of desperation I shouted, “I could really use some help here, God. I don’t know how to deal with this.” As I blasted this prayer to God, I was ashamed as I realized that the most important thing I should have done was actually the final thing I did.

God had already answered my prayer, of course. I was at work the next day when a dear friend called. This precious woman lives in another city, several hours away. Her first words to me were, “Hey, what’s going on? God woke me up three times last night with you on my mind.” After looking heavenward with a silent, “Thank You, Father,” I poured out my heart to her. She listened carefully, asked pertinent questions, and shared her wisdom. Her advice and encouragement moved me forward to the right decision. There you go!

We struggle with so much of life. We hang on to the things that have hurt us, without trusting God to be our Healer. Our hearts become bitter. These actions harm our souls.

Why do we Christians forget to ask God first? After all that we have gone through in our lives, what part of us still thinks “we’ve got this”? Goodness knows, the above instance was just one of more than I can count when I’ve attempted to solve my own problems.

Read again what Mr. Godsey says: “The problem with God isn’t that He has been tried and found wanting, it is that He has been wanting to be tried. People who could find all of the peace, solace and strength they could ever need and more hit bottom because they refuse to ask God for the help He willingly and lovingly offers.”

Thankfully, we serve a God who doesn’t get tired of us and cross His arms against us as we attempt to help ourselves. He’s the Father standing at the door, watching and waiting. A simple, heartfelt, “Rescue me” will turn us back to our Comforter, whose arms are open wide as we run to Him. What peace to know we don’t have to struggle alone.

Claudette Wood

Rest

I Needed the Quiet

 I needed the quiet so He drew me aside,
Into the shadows where we could confide.
Away from the bustle where all the day long
I hurried and worried when active and strong.
I needed the quiet though at first I rebelled,
But gently, so gently, my cross He upheld,
And whispered so sweetly of spiritual things.
Though weakened in body, my spirit took wings
To heights never dreamed of when active and gay.
He loved me so greatly He drew me away.
I needed the quiet. No prison my bed,
But a beautiful valley of blessings instead–
A place to grow richer in Jesus to hide.
I needed the quiet so He drew me aside.
-Alice Hansche Mortenson