WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
6 But Peter said, “…In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”
12 Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness?
Acts 3:6, 12 (NLT)
A PERSON OF COMPASSION
An anesthesiologist often plays an important role when a woman is going through labor. One woman was so grateful for her anesthesiologist’s help that she told him, “I’m so happy about how well everything went that I’m going to name my son after you. By the way, what is your first name?” “Thorndike,” he said. She paused for a minute, then said, “Do you have a middle name?”
A person’s name matters. It mattered that Peter healed the lame man “In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene.” “In the Name,” means everything that Jesus is now and forever, and in context speaks especially to His authority, in His power, to be demonstrated for His glory. They immediately acknowledge that it is not by their own power or their own godliness.
Mike reminded us in the sermon that genuine compassion will point people to Jesus as the ultimate answer. When was the last time you gave Jesus credit publicly for something He has done or provided for you? Share with someone today how Jesus has blessed you.
Because His name is “above every name” (Phil. 2:9-11), He deserves our worship and obedience. Worship the name of Jesus today.