I discussed the topic above with a friend some time ago, and I gained a lot from it. And my experience made me to write some things about the name of Jesus, and cite instances that I am aware of, where it was evoked, with stunning results ensuing. I am very excited to present this piece to you here.
First of all, the name of Jesus is one the most outstanding tools at the disposal of all Christians, and it prompts God to answer our prayers (John 16:23-24). It is incredibly powerful, and it towers above all other names. And when it is deployed against our enemies, it produces unbelievable results. Apostle Paul attested to these facts as follows: ”Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11). The name of Jesus also guarantees absolute safety (Proverb 18:10), and salvation through it, is incontestable (Acts 4:12).
At this point, you may wish to ask who swayed the Apostles into using the name of Jesus in the first instance. Well, Jesus himself did! In John 14:13, He said ”…. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the son may bring glory to the father’’. This passage is also applicable to us because Jesus Christ said ”…what I say to you (i.e. His disciples), I say to all (and that includes us) ” (Mark 13:37). I am therefore not surprised that loads of Christians these days are using the name of Jesus to perform wonders globally. Since it works for them, it will surely work for you too. Amen.
Now, let us consider some of the things that the name of Jesus can do. It:
1. Makes people to become very bold.
One of the foremost things that the name of Jesus does for people is that, it makes them to become very bold. For instance, Apostle Peter was well-known for his timidity. He was so timid, that he denied Jesus Christ three times, before He was crucified (John 18:15-18, 25-27). This he did, to play safe, and to stay alive! But this same Peter later preached the gospel with unusual boldness and fervour, in the name of Jesus. It is worth mentioning also that, himself and Apostle John became so bold, that the people in authority, who by the way, detested them, took notice of them. The bible relayed this occurrence in Acts 4:13 this way: ”Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marvelled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus”.
Before I became a Christian, I could not imagine myself talking to people about Jesus Christ. But immediately I became born again, I picked up a rare boldness, which enables me to address congregations of diverse people and sizes, perform leading/multiple roles in Christian drama and film presentations, take part in Christian talk shows, write to people about Jesus Christ using all manners of social media that I fancy, etc. And as a Medical Doctor, I offered healing, hope, and help to people, where conventional medical knowledge had failed them. I did all these, by the grace of God, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Friend, if you want to do very well where others have flopped, if you want to move forward where others have retreated, and if you want to be noticed for God, where others have been largely ignored, then you must be prepared to do things differently from now on. You must be prepared to shake off the restrictive yoke of timidity hanging all over you, and obtain indescribable boldness from God. The good news is that He is prepared to give it to you today, if you ask Him in the name of Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:7, John 14:13).
2. Makes healing possible.
The name of Jesus also makes healing possible. Healing as we know is central to the ministry of Jesus Christ and God specifically anointed Him for that purpose. Apostle Peter confirmed this position in Acts 10:38 as follows: ”…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him”.
Jesus also wants us, Christians, to heal people in His name, in this age and time. That is why He said: ”And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name … they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:17-18).
While I was on ward round one day, a nurse asked me to review a patient who was severely ill with a disturbing condition. She had been on admission for about two weeks, and her condition did not improve a bit. In any case, I reviewed her as requested, and I discovered that her doctors had done so well that I had nothing to add to, or subtract from their line of management. However, I asked her if I could pray with her and she said yes. There and then, I did so; I also decreed healing for her in the name of Jesus. I was later told that not long after I left her, she fell soundly asleep for the first time in weeks. And when she woke up several hours later, her conditioned had improved so well that she was discharge the following day, hale and hearty, to the glory of God.
Friend, you too can offer healing to the sick in the name of Jesus, if you haven’t being doing so (Mark 16:17-18). Kindly carve out time to pray for them regularly, and whenever possible, lay hands on them as well, and they shall recover in Jesus name. Amen.
3. Makes casting out of demons possible.
We have the backing of Jesus Christ for this all important undertaking. In Mark 16:17 He said: ”…these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons…”.
A young man once inhabited my boys’ quarters in Nigeria. He was actually homeless I met him, and many people advised me against taking him in, because he was suspected to be a druggie and they justifiably felt he could harm me at some point. But somehow, I managed not to heed their advice! And not very long after he moved in with me, He became a born again Christian; I was then a hugely anti-born again Christians person with the fully backing of my father! Before long, I noticed that he suddenly became very prayerful and fasting became his second nature. He was also very busy conducting miracles services here and there, and folks were always flocking around him for one purpose or the other. Then one day, he was directed in the Spirit to ask me to facilitate his getting to, and healing a particular man known to me, but unknown him. The man in question was severely disabled and utterly disfigured and all medical interventions extended to him, were unhelpful. Anyway, I facilitated the man of God and his team’s trip to the afore-mentioned man. And as I was later told, when they got to him, and experienced his anguish first-hand, they were moved with compassion and they commanded the demon afflicting him to come out in Jesus name. Then, the man’s body quaked violently for a fairly long time, and he was in a lot of pain but the men of God did not stop tormenting the demon, and commanding it to come out in the name of Jesus. In the end, it succumbed, and came out riotously. The man later went back to his government job, and lived a normal life thereafter to the glory of God.
Friend, you too can cast out demons in the name of Jesus, and you can be sure of his full support as you do so (Mark 16:17). Amen.
4. Makes Salvation possible.
The name of Jesus also makes salvation possible. 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 earlier on, I used to be a very anti-born again Christians person. I went out for my usual road walk very early one Sunday morning, in my home town, Akure, Nigeria. 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 completely alien to our culture’. I ended up pitying them for ‘their stupidity’! Afterward, I saw another family, a noticeably poor one this time around, walking to church scantily arrayed in their dirty dresses and I became really very angry. My immediate reaction was to accost and upbraid them, for having anything to do with God ‘who I believe doesn’t give a damn about them at any rate’. I also wanted to counsel them to do something sensible about their ‘pitiable lives’, after all, Heaven they say, help those who help themselves. But by some means, I restrained myself! And a little time later, I discovered that I wasn’t interested in the road walk anymore. I also discovered that a very strong and overwhelming feeling had taken over my being, urging me to turn back and proceed to a particular Pentecostal church in town for the day’s service. Of course, I dismissed it, and I decided to continue with my exercise instead. But to my surprise, my legs became increasing weak and heavy until they stopped working altogether. Still, I tried to push on regardless, but the more I tried to do so, the more frustrated I became. And to make matters worse, there was no one in sight at that time of the day, being a Sunday morning that I could call upon to help me out. In the end, I gave up, and stood by the road side, unsure of what I should do next, and what would become of me eventually. Then, the aforementioned strong feeling came back again, but this time around, I squeezed out the last energy in me to turn back, only to discover that I could move my legs perfectly again. So, I ran all the way back to my residence, had a quick shower, dressed up smartly, fetched my long abandoned and dust covered bible, got into my car, and drove to the said church. And when I got there, I saw different categories of people, rich and poor, well dressed and modestly dressed, educated and uneducated, old and young, all joyfully singing, dancing, clapping, jumping, and glorifying the name of the Lord and I was truly moved. I was so moved that for the first time in my adult life; I decided not to criticize born again Christians because I saw substance in them, which I could not overlook. I also listened to the day’s preaching with undivided attention, and before I knew what I was doing, I was on my knees, calling on the name of Jesus, and wanting to be committed to Him. And two weeks later, precisely on the 4th of February 1991, I gave my life to Christ, during an impressive crusade in my home town, Akure, Nigeria; a task which generations of Christians before then tried, and failed to accomplish. I give all 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!
**Special thanks to my friend, Pastor David Afolabi Adesina of the Faith Palace Christian Centre, Luton. UK.
Jesus is Lord!
c Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2007