…then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.
I suppose somewhere along the way you have had occasion to call on friends in high places. Those are our friends or at least friends of a friend who have a position of sufficient authority to help us resolve a matter for which we have been unable to get satisfaction on our own. For example: Do you know a police officer? Did you ever call upon your “friend on the force” to get you out of a ticket? I’m not sure how that process works…but trust me, it can make a difference. (Not one of my prouder moments but it did save me some cash.)
When you were a kid another child would declare that you had better do something to which you responded, “Says who?” Then you heard words with power and authority that caused you to take the direction seriously. “Your Mama. That’s who!”
In your wallet you carry a driver’s license. By the authority of the state in which you reside you have been granted the privilege of operating a vehicle. When I worked for ATT, I wore an identification badge. By the authority of my employer I was permitted to get beyond Barney, the 90 year old security guard.
Since antiquity, authority has been attached to names. If someone came in the name of the king, they were backed by the power and authority of the king. So it was in the days of the early church.
There is power in Jesus’ name because He is the supreme authority.
In today’s focus scripture the apostles Peter and John had been brought before the Sanhedrin to be questioned concerning the healing of a crippled man. The questioning began with this question: “By what power or what name did you do this?” (Acts 4:7) There were some among them who also questioned Jesus with similar words, “Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Or who is he who gave You this authority?” (Luke 20:2)
Imagine the reaction of the Jewish leaders who had planned Jesus’ death. They thought they had shut Him up once and for all. But then a crippled man was healed and the men who were hauled in for questioning declared: “It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.”
It is important for every Christian to understand the enormous power and authority that is attached to Jesus’ name. In fact, Jesus is the supreme authority as today’s scripture indicates, “there is no other name.” In Ephesians 1:20-22 Paul clarifies Jesus’ authority:
“…which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church…”
There is power in Jesus’ name to do what is impossible for man.
That is why we pray “in the name of Jesus.” There is power in Jesus’ name. Jesus’ name is backed by all the power and authority of the godhead. His name has the power to bring down strongholds, to open doors previously closed, to move mountains, and to accomplish things that are impossible for man.
You may feel powerless and weak, but He is all powerful and the strongest of the strong. When you close out your prayer with, “I ask it in the name of Jesus,” do so expectantly. You can pray expectantly because His name carries great power and authority. Invoking His name at the conclusion of a prayer is not something that should be lightly added but powerfully proclaimed for that is where the power for answered prayer is found. “In Jesus’ name!”
There is power in Jesus’ name!
For more on this topic, check out this article: More than a Great Teacher and Prophet, Jesus is God
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 1 (January – March) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.