The name of Jesus is above every other name in the universe. The name of Jesus is greater than cancer, diabetes, arthritis, AIDS, heart disease, infection, blindness, deafness, and every other sickness ever discovered. This story from Acts chapters 3-4 demonstrates the power of the name of Jesus better than any other story in the Bible.
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple to pray, when they saw a man who had been crippled from birth. Every day this man would sit at the temple gates begging for money.
“Give me some money, please give me some money,” asked the crippled man when he saw Peter and John.
They both looked at him and Peter said, “Look at us!” Excited, the man gave them his full attention because he expected them to give him some coins.
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have…”
The man’s face dropped, “It’s just my luck to ask a poor person for money,” he thought to himself. But then his ears perked back up as he realized Peter was not finished speaking yet.
“…but what I do have, I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk,” commanded Peter. He did not have any money to give the man, but he did possess the healing power that is in the name of Jesus.
Suddenly the crippled man felt blood rush into his legs. He could feel them for the first time in years. He looked up and saw Peter reaching out his hand, and without thinking he grasped the outstretched hand and stood up. Instantly his feet and ankles became strong.
Hesitantly he took a step, then he took another step, and another step. He was walking! He began walking faster, then he tried to hop up and down. Finally he ran around the temple court shouting “Praise God,” and showing everyone how he could walk and leap. The crowd in the temple court was astonished because they all recognized him as the man who was once crippled.
Peter asked the crowd who came running, “Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if we made this man walk through our own power? Through faith in the name of Jesus this man whom you see and know was made strong.”
When the priests arrived, they were greatly disturbed because the apostles were talking about how Jesus rose from the dead. They commanded the captain of the temple guard to place them under arrest. The next day all the rulers, elders and teachers of the law asked Peter and John, “By what power or what name did you heal this crippled man?” These men knew Peter did not have any power on his own, so they asked this question in order to discover whose power was behind the miracle.
“It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed,” Peter answered. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
The rulers were deeply disturbed because the apostles were preaching and healing people in the name of Jesus, so they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But in a prayer meeting later that night, Peter disobeyed their command and asked God, “Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After they prayed, the Holy Spirit fell, and all who were at the meeting began to speak the Word of God with great boldness. As they preached, many people in the city of Jerusalem were saved and healed because of the power of the name of Jesus.
Several weeks later, the rulers arrested the apostles once again and accused them, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet you continue to preach and heal people in the name of Jesus.” Why did the disciples continue to preach the name of Jesus even though they had been warned not to? It was because they knew the power that exists in the name of Jesus. Peter refused to stop using the name of Jesus because he remembered the words of Jesus, “…I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete” (John 16:23‑24).
There is infinite power in the name of Jesus because His name represents God’s omnipotence. When an ambassador speaks to the ruler of a foreign nation, the ambassador’s words are backed up by all the power of his nation because he is speaking in the name of his country. When a Christian speaks in the name of Jesus, the believer is backed up by all the power of heaven because we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). As Christians, we have no inherent ability to heal disease, rather, we act under the authority of Jesus. All our authority comes when we act under the authority of the name of Jesus.
Power of an Attorney
If you go on a long, international trip, you can give a friend the “power of attorney” over your personal business. This gives your friend the legal right to conduct your affairs during your absence. He or she would have the ability to access all your bank accounts, pay your bills, sell your property, and sign contracts for you. Your friend would be acting on your behalf, in your name, and under your authority. Your friend’s signature would carry all the power of your signature.
When Jesus left earth, He gave Christians the “power of attorney” over His affairs. This means we can do anything Jesus did. Jesus gave us the authority to use His name! When we pray, we are not asking according to our authority, but according to the authority of Jesus.
We are specifically instructed to use the power of the name of Jesus when we pray for the sick. Jesus said, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will…place their hands on sick people, and they will get well” (Mark 16:17‑18).
The “power of attorney” is only as valuable as the assets backing up the name. What assets does the name of Jesus represent? The name of Jesus is above every other name. Someday every knee will bow at the sound of His name (Philippians 2:9‑10). The name of Jesus is above every demon. The name of Jesus is above every sickness. The name of Jesus is above every other name ever uttered.
His name represents “incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:19). Both salvation and healing are found in the name of Jesus. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21). There is no other name under heaven given to us by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12). Do you want to be saved from sin? Call on the name of Jesus. Do you want to be saved from sickness? Call on the name of Jesus. The name of Jesus stands for full provision, infinite wisdom, ultimate power, and complete healing. The name of Jesus can procure anything in the universe.
When a policeman pulls you over, he is not acting under his own authority. Once he is off duty he has no right to stop you for speeding, but when he is dressed in his uniform, he is acting in the name of the government. When we are clothed with the power of the Holy Spirit, we are not walking in our own insignificant authority, but in the overwhelming authority of Jesus. When we use the name of Jesus, we walk in all the authority of Jesus. It is as if Jesus Himself is present. Where two or three come together in the name of Jesus, He is there in the midst of them (Matthew 18:19‑20).
Jesus said, “…I will do whatever you ask in my name…. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13‑14). Does “anything” include asking for healing from sickness? You can bet your last dollar it does. Jesus promised, “I will do whatever you ask in my name.” Stop reading right now and ask for healing in the name of Jesus; the power in the name guarantees your healing.
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