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There is a Name I Love to Hear/ O How I LOve JESUS Day 2
June 12, 2020, 8:39 AM

 

Day 2 There is a Name I Love to Hear/ O How I Love JESUS

Some time ago this story by Luanne Oleas in Salinas, California, appeared in Reader's Digest.

“When the 1960s ended, San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district reverted to high rent, and many hippies moved down the coast to Santa Cruz. They had children and got married, too, though in no particular sequence. But they didn't name their children Melissa or Brett. People in the mountains around Santa Cruz grew accustomed to their children playing Frisbee with little Time Warp or Spring Fever. And eventually Moonbeam, Earth, Love and Precious Promise all ended up in public school.

That's when the kindergarten teachers first met Fruit Stand. Every fall, according to tradition, parents bravely apply name tags to their children, kiss them good-bye and send them off to school on the bus. So it was for Fruit Stand. The teachers thought the boy's name was odd, but they tried to make the best of it.

"Would you like to play with the blocks, Fruit Stand?" they offered. And later, "Fruit Stand, how about a snack?" He accepted hesitantly. By the end of the day, his name didn't seem much odder than Heather's or Sun Ray's.

At dismissal time, the teachers led the children out to the buses. "Fruit Stand, do you know which one is your bus?"

He didn't answer. That wasn't strange. He hadn't answered them all day. Lots of children are shy on the first day of school. It didn't matter. The teachers had instructed the parents to write the names of their children's bus stops on the reverse side of their name tags. The teacher simply turned over the tag. There, neatly printed, was the word "Anthony."

There is something about a name that congers up emotions and thoughts the minute it touches our ears. The name of JESUS is just like that the minute we here that Name emotions and thoughts begin to well up inside of us. I believe that is what is conveyed in the last three stanzas of this grand old hymn we are currently looking at let’s look a little closer at verse 2 today.

“It tells me of a SAVIOR’S love, Who died to set me free. It tells me of HIS precious blood the sinner’s perfect plea.”

Read: 1 Peter 1:18-21, “For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was chosen before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the times for you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”

When you hear that Name that is above every name spoken what picture first comes to mind?

Is it JESUS in a manger? Is it JESUS on the cross? Is it JESUS buried and behind the closed door of the tomb? Is it JESUS resurrected and seated at the right hand of the FATHER? Or something else?

For me, every time I hear that Name that is above every name, ‘JESUS’ my mind tends to race to one of two places:

  • JESUS, on the cross showing me how much HE loves me (Romans 5:8 and Philippians 2:5-11)
  • Or to the garden and the empty tomb where HE meets Mary, and she doesn’t recognize HIM till HE calls her by name (John 20:15-16)

Pray: “JESUS YOURS, is the Name above every other name, YOUR name tells me of a SAVIOR’S love, that led YOU to die on Calvary for me, so that I might be set free from the bondage of my sins. JESUS, YOUR Name tells me of the blood YOU spilt and the life YOU gave for me the sinner, the only plea I could make for salvation. Thank YOU, JESUS, for YOUR great name and the greatness of the gift YOU died to make available to me. In YOUR perfect Matchless Name I pray, Amen.

"O how I love JESUS, O how I love JESUS, O how I love JESUS, Because HE first loved me."