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JESUS OF NAZARETH
LORD’S DAY, AUGUST 2
Acts 3:16

Matthew 1:21

 

“…and thou shalt call his name JESUS:

for he shall save his people from their sins.”

 

JESUS OF NAZARETH
 
As the name “Jesus” was common in those days in Israel, He is always identified in the Scriptures as Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified, died and was buried, and rose again the third day. This description only fits one person. It was not Mary, not even Joseph, who decided on the name “Jesus.” “Jesus” which is Joshua in the Old Testament means “the LORD saves” or Saviour. The name is divinely appointed and was announced by the God-sent angel.
 
Gives strength: Peter highlighted that it was only through faith in the name of Jesus Christ that the man who was born lame could walk. The word “strong” (Acts 3:16) describes physical power granted. It depicts the lame person able to stand on his own and walk. Peter and John did not claim to have contributed to the healing of the lame man. It was purely “through faith in his name” (Acts 3:16). The Apostles had done their part through Jesus’ name. No prayer or supplication can reach God’s throne without uttering or pleading in Jesus’ name.
 
Soundness: “Perfect soundness” is just one word in Greek which means “wholeness and entireness in all parts” or “perfect completeness.” The power of Jesus’ name is not limited to easing fever or removing pains. When He heals, the result is perfect soundness. This is a foreshadow of the glorified body which He will give to those who believe in His name. The glorified body will never be injured or diseased, a body perfect for all eternity.
 
Christians must desire to have the strength of body and soundness of mind. With good health we can serve Him better. We have to take care of our physical bodies not for our own pleasure but for labour to the glory of the Lord. Indulging in the worldly lifestyle of banquet and booze is damaging to our physical body. The desire to live for another year or more must be driven by a longing to further serve the Lord.
 
Have you personally received Jesus of Nazareth as your Lord and Saviour? Do you know that He is the only source of strength and soundness of life?
 
THOUGHT: Am I a living sacrifice for the Lord?

PRAYER: Father of glory, let me live to serve Thee wholeheartedly.