Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
August 2, 2015 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Name of Jesus
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday August 2, 2015
The Name of Jesus
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things of in the earth, and things under the earth.” Phil. 2:10
The naming of a newly born baby maybe a ceremonial 
process or a mere act of completing a requirement. 
Irrespective of the event, the named individual will be 
entitled and expected to wear that designation for a 
lifetime. However, there are procedures by which the name 
can be changed; two of the more used methods for this 
process are through the court and/or by marriage. 
The name of certain persons have been and continue to 
be associated with power, influence, and privileges. In 
contrast, there are persons with the same name but 
confined to a near classless position. 
There is an historic person whose name was given 
to his mother prior to the actual birth and, unlike, 
innumerable persons who change their name, this 
individual proudly maintained his name throughout the 
earthly sojourn. This person was, still is, and shall 
forever by Jesus. No only does the name Jesus has 
perpetuity but is also has power. In this connection, the 
sermon for today was planned to provide some 
enlightenment on the power in the name of Jesus; hence, 
it has been entitled, The Name of Jesus. It will encompass 
the following dimensions; namely: the divine origin of this 
name, the impact of this name, and the human utilization of 
this name. 
As background for an analysis of the three specified 
dimensions, attention will be focused on the word Name. 
This concept denotes the word by which an individual 
will be known throughout its life unless changed by 
marriage, or other legal procedures. The name is personal, 
it engenders a sense of identification, and it facilitates 
recognition. 
There are some names that are historic while others 
are obscure, yet to the decedents of each group, the name 
is important and even cherished - but neither one is eternal. 
However, there is one exception and it is the name Jesus. 
That name is immune to time boundary and power limitation. 
Hence, its possessor accurately asserted of himself, “I am 
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending...” ( Rev. 
1:8). 
Against this synopsis of the word name, attention will 
now be directed to the earlier three concerns, the first of 
which is - the divine origin of this name - Jesus. The Gospel 
writer, Luke, was one of the two penmen to include the 
nativity of Jesus; the other - Matthew - merely noted when 
where and the time period when Jesus was born. ( Matt. 
2:1). Whereas Matthew provided no account on the origin 
of the name Jesus, Luke’s record of an angel’s visit to 
the virgin Mary with a divine message clearly shows the 
origin of the name Jesus. He noted the message to her 
as recorded in Luke 1:31 “And behold, thou shalt 
conceive in thy womb, and bring forth, a son, and shalt 
call his name Jesus.” Beloved, that one and only verse 
is the divine documentation for the origin of the name 
Jesus. It was foretold by an angel, the birth did occur, 
and the child “... shall be called the Son of God”. (Luke 1: 
35 ). This glorious and incontrovertible fact leads to the 
second aspect of the sermon which is - the impact of this 
name. The time for this sermon is too short and the 
knowledge of this preacher is too limited to fully cover 
the impact of the name Jesus. Hence a cursory discussion 
will be submitted. One of the early impacts of this name 
was reflected in King Herod’s action upon learning of the 
birth of Jesus. It was that of a subtle act to worship the 
the baby Jesus when the real intent was to kill him because 
he wanted no one to replace him as King of the Jews. That 
hostile mind set has and continues to prevail in segments 
of the contemporary world, some of which are the atheists, 
certain Mid Eastern religious group, racial hate groups as 
recently seen in SC. and other self proclaimed theologians. 
There are two responses submitted for perpetrators of this 
and similar negative views; they are “A fool hath said in his 
heart that there is no God”. ( Ps. 14:1 ) and words from a 
poem that asserts - kingdoms and thrones may rise and 
fall, but the name of Jesus shall constantly remain. 
In contrast to those who disclaim Jesus along with the 
power in his name, the sermon will now cite a few 
occasions and/or events in which the power in the name 
Jesus was manifested. He restored sight to blind 
Bartimaeus ( Luke 18:35 ), He healed the centurion 
son, He raised Lazarus from the dead, he healed the 
Syro-Phoenician’s daughter, and he healed three sick 
women ( one with fever, one with an issue of blood, 
and one crooked for eighteen years ). This is but a 
partial listing of the healing ministry manifested in 
the person whose name was Jesus. 
While healing is a major concern for the welfare of 
human kind, the earthly works of Jesus included many 
teachings, precepts, and personal examples essential for 
living a spirit filled life. Just a few of them are herein 
cited; they include: The Beatitudes - guidelines for 
living - Matthew 5, The need for stewardship - Matthew 25 
...when the Son of man comes...The rise of demigods 
...Matthew 25, and the Great White Throne Judgment ( Rev. 
20-22 ). A critical listening to or reading of these cited 
Scriptures, should lead to the personal question of how 
to access and utilize the power in the name of Jesus. 
This assumed concern leads to the final concern of the 
sermon which is - the human utilization of this name, Jesus. 
The comforting news is that everyone has access to 
salvation that Jesus wrought on the cross at Calvary. 
Saint Paul clearly delineates the process as found in 
Romans 10:9; it is “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth 
the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that 
God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”. 
Once having undergone this conviction, the person - you - 
become a believer and a new creature. Accordingly, you 
now have full authority to call on the name of Jesus for 
guidance, help, healing, protection, comfort, and peace 
of mind. Beloved, do not shutter and grow sick at heart 
if your life seems to have high mountains, rough roads, 
or wide rivers! Remember, that God’s specializes and 
his Son Jesus knows just how much you can bear. Never 
forget that Jesus said “let not your heart be troubled... 
John 14:6 ). Further, as a believer, you must never be 
ashamed to own or call on the name of Jesus because 
he warned that shame to own him on earth will cause 
he not to own you before the Father. Finely, you must 
never become to exalted to call on the name of Jesus 
because the Scripture reminds humanity that - “That at 
the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of all things 
in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the 
earth” ( Phil. 2:10 ). Amen!
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