Before going into the importance and history of Jesus’ name, we must first establish that it is a Biblical commandment.
“Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do.” (John 14:13; see also 14:14, 15:16, 16:23, 16:24, 16:26)
This command has led many Christians to end their prayers with phrases like “in Jesus’ name” or “through Christ Jesus our Lord”.
Other than in prayers, Jesus also asked that His name be used in good works!
“Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” (Matthew 18:5)
“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)
In this post, I will try to show the importance of praying and acting in Jesus’ name, and if God permits, I will be publishing more posts about the same topic.
In Jesus’ name is simply acting on His behalf
I’m sure many of us have done something on behalf of someone, something like sending an email on behalf of your parents.
David Reagan over at learnthebible.com sumarized the implications of acting on someone’s behalf in two simple yet crucial points:
- You are not coming in your own authority but because someone else authorized you to take these actions.
- The person to whom you come is expected to react to you, not on the basis of who you are, but as if the person who sent you was there himself.
Having these two implications in mind:
- It makes sense that we can call God, “Father”, because we talk to God as though we were Jesus (His only-begotten Son).
- It makes sense that God will listen and answer to our prayers, because God will not react on the basis of who I am, a sinner, but who Jesus is.