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What’s In a Name?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

“Jesus said to His disciples: ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.” (John 16: 23B-24)

Names are very important. Many names are the equivalent of fame and fortune. We know famous people — leaders, actors, actresses, sports figures, business icons — by their names. Sometimes nothing more than their names need to be said and people “know” them. Sometimes people want to have a brush with fame, some way in which they can come close to someone who is famous or powerful. But what does this really get them? Do they become famous or powerful just by knowing someone else who is famous? And what does fame really achieve for people?


While not many of us are able to be famous or rub elbows with someone famous, there is one person who whose name all people can know, one name that really means something. Of course, I am talking about Jesus. His name can give you something that is actually very valuable: eternal life.


Is there any other name worth knowing than that of Jesus? We are all elevated to the highest degree possible when we know His name. We become a child of God. I think having the title “child of God” is the best title possible, and it gets me all that I need.


Dear Heavenly Father,

thank You for giving us Your Son, Jesus, to be with us and teach us about You.

Our joy truly is complete in knowing Him.

In Jesus’ Name we pray.


Linda Linge, RN
Avera Dells Area Hospital,

ACTS 18:23-28 ● PSALM 47:2-3, 8-9, 10 ● JOHN 16:23B-28

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