Every Easter, our television screens are filled with movies and sermons about the death and resurrection of Christ. Year in, year out, many people watch The Passion of the Christ. I’m one of those people. And year in, year out, it brings tears to my eyes. As I watch Christ being whipped and the blood oozing from Him, I am reminded of what the prophet Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 53:5 ‘But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed . (KJV) Sometimes, I wish everyday was Easter, particularly Good Friday, when many people around the world remember what the Lord Jesus went through for our sakes. Around this time, we are all reminded of the enormous sacrifice that Christ made for us and we seem very careful to tread cautiously and according to the dictates of the Lord
Jesus Christ is risen. Death couldn’t hold Him down.
Easter Sundays are joyous days. In my neighbourhood, I’m usually awoken by the sounds of older women ringing bells and shouting ‘Jesus is risen’. I rejoice in the fact that the songwriter says ‘the enemy has been defeated and death couldn’t hold Him (Jesus) down’. Ellen White wrote ‘an earthquake marked the hour when Christ laid down His life, and another earthquake witnessed the moment when He took it up in triumph. He who had vanquished death and the grave came forth from the tomb with the tread of a conqueror, amid reeling of the earth, the flashing of lightning, and the roaring of thunder…When Jesus was laid in the grave, Satan triumphed. He dared to hope that the Saviour would not take u His life again.’ But he was sorely mistaken because Jesus has power over death. He had raised Lazarus. He had raised Jairus’ daughter and yes, he had raised the widow’s son. Now, Jesus was risen. Death just couldn’t hold Him down.
Having conquered death, the agents of Satan had no choice but to flee from the resurrected Christ. The God we serve is a powerful God. The devil and his agents recognize Him, and not only so they recognize him, they flee. Remember the Mark 5 account of the man with unclean spirits at the other side of the sea? When this man saw Jesus, even from a distance, he recognized Him and run to worship Him. In Philippians 2:10,11, we read ‘that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of the Father.’ You will agree with me that there is a lot of power in the name of Jesus; to the extent that every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord.
In the name of Jesus,…
An instance in scripture always comes to mind when I talk about the inherent power in the name of Jesus. In Acts chapter 3, we read the account of the crippled man who sat at the Beautiful gate of the temple. This was a man who was lame from birth and he sat at the gate daily to beg for alms, you can imagine the eagerness on his face when Peter said ‘Look at us’. Then you can also imagine how his face fell when Peter said ‘I don’t have any silver or gold for you.’ Really??? The man was probably saying if you don’t have any silver or gold, why do you want me to look at you? The good news is Peter had a lot more for the lame man than he could perceive. Then Peter continued ‘in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.’ The verse 8 goes on to say ‘And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.’
Indeed there is power in the name of Jesus. So much power as to cause a man lame from birth to walk. Today, I want to share the testimony of an avid reader and follower of this blog. Kay called on the name of Jesus in dire circumstances and he received an answer.
I was going to repeat the course.
This is my story. The recent breakthrough I had upon calling on the name of Jesus was in my second semester of level 100. I hadn’t studied Elective Maths while in Senior High School so Introductory Calculus seemed a huge insurmountable mountain to me. I got scared and disturbed anytime I entered the lecture hall. I only heard the lecturer talk but I didn’t understand a word. Mid semester exams was here and it was time to out ink unto paper. Everything I had learnt before that day vanished into thin air. I couldn’t write a thing. I scored 4 out of 20. I gave up and told myself I was going to repeat the course. I even skipped lectures because I knew how it was going to end. Word got to me of how badly people had performed in the mid semester exams but still passed in previous semesters. I then prayed, fasted and returned my tithe faithfully. During the final exam, I called on the name of Jesus before attempting any question. To the glory of God, I had an A- for Introductory Calculus. I am so grateful to God and I confidently say that indeed, there is power in the name of Jesus.
That’s Kay’s testimony. He called on the name of Jesus and received an answer. Luke 10:17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name. Romans 10:13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. There is power in the name of Jesus. There’s healing in the name of Jesus. The power in the name of Jesus breaks every chain. There is redemption in the name of Jesus. The power in the name breaks every chain. There is power in the name of Jesus breaks every yoke that restricts us and to overcome every oppression. There is power in the name of Jesus to destroy Satan and his agents. When we call on the name of the Lord in faith, we will be delivered. We will receive answers beyond our human imagination.