Rev. Ronald Green

Rev. Ronald Green

A story was told of a rich man who was on his way to the bank one day when he ran across a beggar. He asked the beggar how he had wound up on the streets. The beggar explained that he had graduated college, but he had made some mistakes and ruined his life, and now he had nothing. The rich man felt pity for him and wrote him a large check so he could have a chance at starting his life over again.

Yet the next week when the rich man walked to the same bank, there was the same man begging still. Alarmed, the rich man went over to the beggar and asked him why he was still on the street begging. The beggar replied, “When I went to the bank to cash the check, they didn’t believe the check was real. They took one look at my clothes and my hair, noticed how I smelled and determined the check couldn’t have been mine after all. So here I am. I guess I have no way of moving forward.”

The rich man immediately grabbed the hand of the beggar and walked into the bank with him. He said it didn’t matter what he was wearing, how long ago he washed his hair or how awful he smelled. The only thing that mattered was the name on the check. And as one could imagine, the check was cashed immediately.

My friends, I don’t know how messed up we may be today. I don’t know how chaotic our lives might feel. But I do know there is a name above every name to which everything must bow. All demons must submit to His name. In this name is found the authority, all power, all compassion, all time, all might, all peace and all wisdom. As the psalmist says, “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” (Psalm 34:3)

Jesus’ name empowers and equips us to live our lives to the fullest. In fact, He is found all throughout Scripture – whether directly or indirectly. He rescues, supplies, provides, comforts, guides, gives, loves and goes to battle for us.

From start to finish, there is no place we can look and not discover Jesus. He is over all. He is in all, He is our all in all.

There’s just something about the name Jesus.

We should make sure we wear the name through our public identification with Him, then bear the name by being willing to suffer because of our association with Him and finally share the name as we witness to others about our Savior.

What a friend we have in Jesus. What a joy it is, to shout the name Jesus!

The Rev. Ronald O. Green is a retired area minister.

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