Saint Paul's Lutheran Church of Irvine

Reflections from Sunday, December 18th: “You Shall Call His Name Jesus”

What’s in a name? A lot! Because the Name of Christ has been poured out upon those baptized into His life, death, and resurrection. As a result, His salvation is with you wherever you go! Think about the implications, the power of Christ’ Name is on you. Consider what the Scriptures say of His Name: “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11).” Having Christ’s Name is having Christ. In the Name of Christ, repent of sin, and you are forgiven. In the Name of Christ, remember what Christ said of His overcoming the world for you even as you experience conflict in the world, and be comforted. In the Name of Christ, resist the devil and he will flee from you. In the Name of Christ, rejoice, you are saved. His Name means “Savior,” and this Christmas gift my dear friends lasts for eternity! This is what makes Christmas Christmas: the Name of Christ is yours, poured on you in baptism, kept on your lips, mind, and heart through the Word proclaimed and received in the Sacrament…the Name that is above every name is upon you! Rejoice this Christmas for this gift! Dr. Espinosa

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