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The Name of Jesus

Matthew 1:21 "... you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."

Matthew 1:23 "... and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, "God with us.""

Acts 4:12 "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

There is no name higher than Jesus.

We can try to make other matters higher, but they cannot and will not save us from our own depravity and shortcomings. That name is only reserved for One: Jesus.

Career, music, fame, relationships, money- all those are good, but us trying to find peace, establishing our identities, or approval in any of these is a lost cause. They fade.

None of them can save us. They cannot restore us. They cannot heal. They cannot deliver us from addictions, heal sickness, nor fill our hearts with compassion.

Most importantly, nothing can right the wrongs of sin. Only the Name of Jesus can. Only Immanuel- a guarantee of God's omnipresence- can rescue us from our natural self-destructive tendencies and deliver us from whatever addiction, hole, or doghouse we find ourselves in.

So, first of all, whether this post finds you on the mountaintop or in the valley, call Jesus. Everything bows in reverence to His saving, life-altering, world-changing, infinite, resurrection power.

Second, choose not to exalt anything higher than Jesus. Life becomes a whirlwind of confusion when Jesus is not sought first (Matthew 6:33).

Third, never forget that Jesus is Immanuel- "God with us." Jesus is God dwelling with you, wherever you go in real time. He loves you and nothing is too hard for Him.


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