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