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February 8

You are to give him the name Jesus.
Matthew 1:21

By the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

When a person is very dear to us, everything connected with that person becomes dear to us as well. In this way the person of the Lord Jesus is deemed so precious by every true believer that everything about Him is considered precious beyond any price we could ever calculate. David said, “All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia” (Ps. 45:8), as though the very garments of the Savior were so sweetened by His person, David could not help but love them.

We can be certain there is not a place where His holy feet have walked, not a word His blessed lips have uttered, nor even a thought His loving Word has revealed which is not precious to us beyond all price. This is also true of every name of Christ; they are all sweet to the ears of believers. Whether He is called the Husband of the Church, her Bridegroom, or her Friend — whether He is known as “the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world” (Rev. 13:8), the King, the Prophet, or the Priest — whether our Master’s title is Shiloh, Immanuel, Wonderful, or Mighty Counselor — each and every name is like honeycomb dripping with luscious drops of perfectly distilled honey.

But if there is one name sweeter than any other in the ears of believers, it is the name of Jesus. Jesus! The name that brings melody to the harps of heaven. Jesus! The life of all our joys. If there is one name more charming or more precious than any other, it is this name. It is the name woven into the very fabric of every psalm of praise. Many hymns begin with it, but very few that are any good end without it. It is the sum total of every delight, the music that rings the bells of heaven, a song in one word, and an ocean beyond all understanding.

Yet while it is only a mere drop of a word in that ocean when it comes to its length, it is a matchless oratorio in only two syllables and is a gathering chorus of the hallelujahs of all eternity in just five letters.

Jesus, I love Your charming name,

It’s music to my ears.

Philip Doddridge, 1702 – 1751

By the pen of Jim Reimann:

The name Jesus is precious to believers, yet sadly has become a curse word for many who don’t know Him — even many who deny His existence. “Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe . . . a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall” (1 Peter 2:7 – 8).

Speaking in spiritual terms today is acceptable in most cases as long as we do not invoke the name of Jesus. Even 2,000 years ago Peter and John were ordered more than once by the chief priest and other leaders “not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus” (Acts 4:18).

There is great power in “the name.” “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13). “For there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow” (Phil. 2:9 – 10) — even those who today may deny His existence.


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