The Name
Andre Crouch performed in Carnagie Hall in 1973. My mom has purchased the 8-track tape (anyone remember 8 track tapes??) and played the live recording in our 1976 full length Chevy station wagon. Andre Crouch was preach-singing “There is SALVATION in the NAME of Jesus, there is HEALING in the NAME of Jesus, there is POWER in the NAME of Jesus.”  At the ripe old age of 15 I asked my mom, what does he mean about the NAME of Jesus? 

My mom’s reply with deepest sincerity “Randy, HIS name is Beautiful” I have been living with the beautiful name of Jesus Christ my entire life. HIS name is Beautiful. Simply and Powerfully, Beautiful. As Andre shouted the name of Jesus, countless people responded to HIS name and found acceptance, forgiveness and family.   Jesus restores us to the family of God. It’s in HIS name.

The last name of Jesus isn’t Christ. The full name of our savior is Jesus.

Jesus name means “The Lord is Salvation” The Hebrew name of Jesus is Joshua which means “Jehovah Saves” Jesus is our Savior! Jesus is his FULL name. Christ is not really a name, it’s more like a designation or a position of authority. Christ means, “Anointed One” or “Chosen One”  a special person anointed for a specific task. In the case of Jesus, the savior of the world!  Jesus is anointed to offer salvation. The meaning of salvation is deliverance.  “we were bound and now set free... as the song goes.

We are saved.   Jesus = Salvation.   Beautiful right? A beautiful name.

If we are honest with ourselves and take the time to introspect...

Each of us know we are missing something!

We are somehow, lost and alone. Broken. Meaningless and wandering. But, Jesus changes all that... we find home in Jesus.

Take a few minutes and listen to the song “What A Beautiful Name." You will begin to feel a connection to Jesus. Call out to him using HIS name and see what happens.  Even if you have prayed the sinners prayer and/or asked Jesus into your life. Do it again, again and again... In the worshipful moment of calling out HIS name something happens within us.  Changes us, confirms us.

We know we are saved. We are saved. You are saved! Beautiful Name. Jesus.

- Randy Alward (President, Maranatha! Music)

Acts 4:12 - Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Philippians 2:9-11 - Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

John 14:13 -  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Acts 4:30  - Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

Romans 10:13 - For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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