The Name of Jesus! (5)

  • Makes Salvation possible

The name of Jesus also makes salvation possible.  And   Apostle Paul verified this position as follows: ”Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

As I stated above, I used to be a hugely anti-born again Christians person.  Very early one Sunday morning, in my home town, Akure, Nigeria, I went out for my usual exercise.  And along the line, I saw a well to do family going to church in their posh car, and I wondered why such classy people could allow themselves to be ‘brain washed into serving a God that is alien to our culture’.  I ended up pitying them for ‘their stupidity’! After that, I saw another family, a very poor one this time around, walking to church in their scanty and dirty dresses, and I became really very angry.  My immediate reaction was to upbraid them and then, counsel them to do something sensible about their ‘pitiable condition, instead of running after a God that does not give a damn about their well-being anyway’.  But I restrained myself! A little time afterwards, I found out that I couldn’t move my legs properly anymore; it was as if they have been locked by someone.  Of course, I tried to push on regardless, but the more I tried, the tougher it became for me to move, and the more frustrated I became.  And to make matters worse for me, there was no one insight that I could call upon to help me out.  In the end, I gave in, and stood by the road side, unsure of what I should do and what would become of me at the end of the day.  Then suddenly, something strong filtered into my mind, and I had this feeling that I should go to a particular Pentecostal church in town, and I turned round immediately to do so, only to discover that I could move my legs flawlessly once more.  And I ran all the way to my residence, had a quick shower, dressed up smartly, fetched my long disregarded and dust covered bible, got into my car, and drove to the said church.  And on getting there, I saw all categories of people dancing, singing, jumping, clapping and glorifying the name of the Lord joyfully.  And for the first time in my adult life, I sincerely listened to the word of God that day, and I found myself calling on the name of Jesus and wanting to be committed to Him; a task that generations of Christians tried before then, and failed to accomplish.  Two weeks later, precisely on the 4th of February 1991, I gave my life to Christ formally, during a crusade in my home town, Akure, Nigeria, to the glory of God and I thank Him for the journey so far.

Friend, you sure need the name of Jesus to face the intricate challenges of living.  You also need it to heal the sick and to cast out demons.  Most importantly, you need it to obtain Salvation (i.e. become born-again) without which, you cannot attain Heaven (John 3:3).  So, if you are not yet born again, now is a good opportunity for you to do so.  All you have to do, is to invite Jesus Christ into your life as your personal Lord and Saviour, and He will answer you (John 6:37).  And when this is settled, then you have a good chance of doing very well on earth, and ending up brilliantly in Heaven.  So, make the move right now!

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