On January 6th, 2017 Hillsong Worship brought us the song What A Beautiful Name it Is.
In my estimation, this song is the full embodiment of Philippians 2:8-11 which says:
“8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (KJV)
Sadly, there is not enough understanding in our world today of these simple words. That the name of JESUS is where beauty lies. That the name of JESUS holds all power. That the name of JESUS is the point where the wonderment of Heaven bends down to meet the Earth.
If you are Atheistic in your world view you cannot possibly know the beauty and wonder of the name of JESUS. Your rejection of a Deity, a Creator, a Heavenly Father, A Savior and a King keeps you from the experience of knowing the Peace and Comfort of the name of JESUS.
You might be bewildered by this statement, but the knowing, the real knowing I speak of is Spiritual knowledge not worldly knowledge. It is not of this earth, but is of Heaven itself. And it is the point that a loving and a just God reaches down to his very creation, mankind, and says “I Love you so much I sent My Son to die for your sins in order to redeem you back to me”.
Spiritual death is real. Very real. We, all humans, are triune beings created of body, soul, and spirit. Our bodies are the physical manifestation you see before you in this world. Our souls (our mind, will, and emotions) are the glue that binds us to our spiritual beings, and our Spirits are that which connects us with the Creator Himself. That part of us that will answer to him one day. And that is the part that is dead in sin, and puts our entire being; body, soul, and spirit, in separation from our Creator.
Some people have asked why God needed to go through such an elaborate scheme in order to have a family of his own. For me, the answer is quite simple: You cannot know life without death, you cannot know joy without pain, and you cannot know salvation without first being lost. God has established his family because he showed us what the price is for that family. I could tell you all day long about the Joy found in the name of JESUS, but unless you experience it for yourself, they are meaningless words.
So the Atheist has shut out the one true hope for all of mankind simply through disbelief. The one simple thing that God requires of all of us: BELIVE ON THE NAME OF JESUS.
If you are Agnostic in your world view, your apathy keeps you from experiencing the Joy and the Wonderment of the name of JESUS. Our Creator demands that the name of JESUS be embraced. That the name of JESUS be held above ALL names. That the name of JESUS be exalted and lifted up.
The Agnostic lifts up no name but their own, unless it benefits them in some way, shape, or form. The Agnostic robs themselves of the peace and the comfort of experiencing JESUS through the self-centeredness of their own “it doesn’t matter” world view.
However, if you are Theistic in your world view, your only challenge is finding the one true God. Being able to connect with the Creator you already know to be real.
There is one religious view that promises an eternal connection with that Creator. And that is Christianity. No other name has divided history. No other name has endured such a test of time. No other name has claimed to be before the world began and promises to be there forever after it ends. No other name is both more revered and more hated amongst the earth. And no other name has had people try to rewrite the history of it over and over again, only to continuously fail.
I believe the reason for this is because God has given Him the name above all names. It is the name of Power. It is the name of Wonderment. It is the name of Beauty. It is the name of JESUS.
As we approach this Thanksgiving and Christmas season, my prayer for each and everyone in the world today is that they would come to know the name of JESUS. Not to have just heard the name. Not to just know of the name. But to experience the name of JESUS.
And you cannot experience the name of JESUS, truly experience it, in your Spiritual being, without BELIVING on the name of JESUS. When you KNOW him, as He knows you (and I guarantee you He has known you from before the foundation of the world), then the name of JESUS will take on a whole new Beauty, a whole new Power, a whole new Wonderment, that will rise up in your spirit, spill over into your soul, and fill you with the Hope, Peace, and Comfort that only he can give.
And when that happens, you too, will join me and many others with me, along with a Heavenly host in proclaiming What A Beautiful Name It Is, The Name of JESUS.