I'm lost here folks and would really welcome strong Biblical insight as well as personal anecdotes/thoughts.
There's a lot of worship songs that really focus on the name of jesus. They make statements like "Jesus, what a beautiful name" "There's power in the name of Jesus" "At his name, God's enemies... will be crushed beneath our feet." etc.
I'm wondering, there's got to be something more to "get" to this, where's the scriptures that speak about the power of Jesus name, Why are we making such a big deal out of the name Jesus.
To clarify, I have no issue with the power of Jesus. It's just why the actual name is so important that I'm not getting.
Am I alone in thinking it's strange to be singing "Jesus, what a beautiful name?" I mean, it's alright and that, but Josephus, now that's a cool name, even Bartholomew.. kinda rolls off the tongue.. I'm being facetious, but hopefully you get my point...
A further thought I have is that, because we are often immersed in the culture of our own Christian community, phrases like "the name of Jesus" become so commonplace that:
1) You get very used to them, and they stop sounding so odd
2) You stop questioning what they mean... and in particular asking what they meant to the first people who used the phrase
3) Then the words take on a life of their own, and start getting used out of the original context. They can sometimes lose their original meaning altogether, and take on new ones.
4) Then (worse) you start importing the new meanings back into the Bible....
I fear this happens more than we'd care to imagine!
Thinking about what Daniel has said about Acts and using the name of Jesus to drive out demons etc...........I have heard it preached many times from the pulpit that anyone who is supposely demon possessed is unable to say the name of Jesus - I really don't know.
Another thing, why do people always use the name of Jesus as, what a Christian would term as a blasphemy, when they could use any other word on the planet!
When a person says, "stop, in the name of the law!" This reminds the thief that the entirety of the legal system and the power of authorized policemen with guns is against him -- that his deed is not something to be treated lightly.
"Please... for mercy's sake" reminds a person that the whole concept of mercy is at stake -- it's more than just rent money at issue.
If I am the ambassador from Albania everything I do represents Albania. I operate in the name of that State.
Jesus asked people to operate in His name. We do get gooey and sentimental, or some of us do, about His name; but that's our problem, not His. The name itself is just a name; I've never thought of "Jesus" as being a particularly pretty name as it rolls off the tongue -- the Greek Iesous (ee-Yay-soos) or Hebrew Yeshua (yeh-Shu-ah) are far nicer to my ears.
Songs are very short poems. By their nature, they will focus on one or two main ideas at the most. The thought of a name may bring a person to song. "Every little breeze seems to whisper Louise" -- did the branches really go "Louise, Loooooeeez"?" No, but in the songwriter's mind they did! Suppose you, say, watched television for an hour and your head was filled with all that decay and pomp and boredom -- then you heard the name of Jesus. Immediately, a breath of fresh air! I have a best friend named Norm. When I hear his name, or even a word like "normative", it reminds me of him, and though I am not at all fixated on my friend, it somehow brings a smile to my face.
that doesn't seem entirely NORMal to me greg...