Friday, May 23, 2014

Is There Power in the Name of Jesus?

Is There Power in the Name of Jesus?

Philippians 2:9-11
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  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 Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Song Story

Reverend E. P. Scott was a missionary, living in India during the 1800s. At the prompting of the Holy Spirit, but against advice of his fellow missionaries, Scott set out alone to visit a remote village. He was determined to share the Gospel with a dangerous savage tribe.

Several days into his journey. Scott was met by a large group of warriors who quickly surrounded him, each one pointing a spear towards his heart. Expecting to die, Scott made a decision to use his last few breaths to glorify God, and to hopefully stir something within the hearts of his captors. He took out his violin (which he always carried on him), closed his eyes, and began to play and sing All Hail the Power of Jesus Name, in the native language of the warriors.

After singing the first verse, the second, the third, and then beginning the fourth, Rev. Scott realized he was still standing, and that all around him was a peaceful quiet. Opening his eyes he saw every spear lowered. There stood those mighty warriors, with tears in their eyes. Throughout the remainder of his life, Scott spent much time with this tribe, sharing the love of God.

Song History

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name has been hailed as the "National Anthem of Christendom." It was written in 1779 by Rev. Edward Perronet (1726-1792) The music was composed by Oliver Holden (1765-1844). The hymn has been translated into almost every existing language. Perronet worked closely with brothers John and Charles Wesley (cofounders of Methodism) for many years in their homeland of England during the 18th century revival. Eventually, after conflict of interest over denominational issues, they parted ways.

The hymn first appeared in the November 1779 issue of Gospel Magazine. It was titled On the Resurrection, the Lord is King, and its author was listed as being anonymous. It was several months before the editor revealed its authorship. 

The hymn is a tribute to Jesus' lordship.  It portrays Jesus as a king -- with angels at his feet -- with a crown on his head -- with "ev'ry kindred, ev'ry tribe" singing praise to his majesty.  And it celebrates our opportunity to be part of the celebration -- to "join the everlasting song, and crown Him Lord of all."  It promises to be the grandest party ever, and we are all invited!

There is ultimate power in the Name of Jesus!  He is ever present to hear and answer us, even when things seem darkest.  I hope you will sing the words of this song in praise to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

All hail the power of Jesus' name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Ye chosen seed of Israel's race,
ye ransomed from the Fall,
hail Him who saves you by His grace,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Sinners, whose love can ne'er forget
the wormwood and the gall,
go spread your trophies at His feet,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Go spread your trophies at His feet,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Let every kindred, every tribe
on this terrestrial ball,
to Him all majesty ascribe,
and crown Him Lord of all.
To Him all majesty ascribe,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Thought: The name of Jesus has the power to save and to change lives forever. The name Jesus, was given to Him at birth and the name LORD bestowed in His exaltation. The name of Jesus Christ is not a magical word, but the power is in understanding and believing all that the name of Jesus Christ signifies. His name represents all of His finished work on the cross, fulfilling God's plan of redemption and salvation, victory over sin, death, and over the devil's entire realm. The name of Jesus Christ carries all of the power and distinction God gave to it. God raised Jesus from the dead, elevated Him to His right hand, and gave Jesus a name above "every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come." (Ephesians 1:21)

Story written by: Connie Ruth Christiansen 
Excerpts taken from; “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name.”
Other excerpts –– Copyright 2006, Richard Niell Donovan

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