"JESUS! JESUS! JESUS!"
"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…" (Phil. 2.10)
INTRO.: A hymn which emphasizes the importance of the name of Jesus is "Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!" The text by an unknown author and the tune (Llanthony) by an anonymous composer both are taken from an undated collection called the Llanthony Abbey Hymns. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, the song appeared in the 1963 Christian Hymnal edited by J. Nelson Slater. Other books in my collection to have the song include the 1951 Inspiring Hymns edited by Alfred B. Smith and the 1968 Great Hymns of the Faith edited by John W. Peterson, both published by Singspiration Music; the 1972 Living Hymns edited by Alfred B. Smith and published by Encore Publications Inc.; and the 1972 Soul-Stirring Songs and Hymns edited by John R. Rice and published by the Sword of the Lord Publishers.
The song identifies some of the blessings that result from the name of Jesus.
I. Stanza 1 says that the name of Jesus sets the heart aflame
"Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Sing aloud the Name;
Till it softly, slowly, Sets all hearts aflame."
A. The name "Jesus" implies that He is the Savior: Matt. 1.21
B. Because He is the Savior, we should sing aloud His Name: Col. 3.17
C. If this Name is truly the theme of our songs and our lives, it will set our hearts aflame with love for God: Matt. 22.37
II. Stanza 2 says that the name of Jesus cleanses and heals
"Jesus! Name of cleansing, Washing all our stains;
Jesus! Name of healing, Balm for all our pains."
A. "Jesus" is a name of cleansing because He came to cleanse us with the washing of water by the word: Eph. 5.26
B. The means by which He washes away the stain of sin is His blood: 1 Jn. 1.7
C. In a similar way, "Jesus" is a name of healing to provide balm for all our spiritual pains: Matt. 13.14-15
III. Stanza 3 says that the name of Jesus makes brave and saves in battle
"Jesus! Name of boldness, Making cowards brave;
Name! that in the battle Certainly must save."
A. "Jesus" is a name of boldness: Acts 4.29-31
B. Faith in this name will make cowards brave so that they can stand against the wiles of the devil: Eph. 6.10-11
C. In the great battle of life, there is salvation in no other name: Acts 4.12
IV. Stanza 4 says that the name of Jesus brings beauty to our lives
"Jesus! Name of beauty, Beauty far too bright
For our earthborne fancy, For our mortal sight."
A. "Jesus" is a name of beauty because He is the Lord whose beauty the Psalmist desired to behold: Ps. 27.4
B. However, this beauty is, in a sense, far too bright for our earthborne fancy, so we must set our affections above rather than on this earth: Col. 3.1-2
C. Therefore, the beauty which He now possesses while with the Father cannot be seen by mortal sight: Exo. 33.20
V. Stanza 5 says that the name of Jesus gives victory
"Jesus! Name of victory, Stretching far away,
Right across earth’s warfields, To the plains of day."
A. "Jesus" is the name of victory because He Himself gained the victory over death by His resurrection from the dead: Rom. 1.3-4
B. He promises that this victory will stretch far away, right across earth’s warfields, to everyone who has genuine faith in Him: 1 Jn. 5.4
C. The ultimate victory will be received on the plains of day when the Lord returns and raises all the dead: 1 Cor. 15.50-57
VI. Stanza 6 says that the name of Jesus helps us reach the homeland of eternal years
"Jesus, be our joynote In this vale of tears,
Till we reach the homeland, And eternal years."
A. "Jesus" as our Shepherd is our joynote through "this vale of tears" which refers to walking through the valley of the shadow of death: Ps. 23.1-4
B. And as our Shepherd, He will lead those who follow Him to the homeland which He has prepared for them: Heb. 11.13-16
C. He will give His people the blessing of dwelling in that homeland for eternal years: 1 Jn. 2.25
CONCL.: The name of "Jesus" is not just some kind of magic formula that anyone can say and automatically make everything right. However, it is a name that has meaning and benefit to those who truly believe in and follow the One who was given that name. Therefore, the disciple of Christ will find that his life here on earth is better and that he has the hope of something even greater when this life is over as he continually contemplates the true significance of the name "Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!"