You’re not going to believe this. But my favorite Christian song was written in 1925 … by Lela Long. The melody is phenomenal and the words are incomparable. Here’s the chorus:
Jesus is the sweetest name I know,
And He’s just the same as His lovely name,
And that’s the reason why I love Him so;
Oh, Jesus is the sweetest name I know.
Those four lines express my heart better than anything else I’ve ever seen or heard.
In Matthew 16:13, JESUS asked His disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” In verse 15, He asked them, “Who do you say that I am?” If someone asked you that question, what would you say?
Maybe this would help ...
Richard Halverson, former chaplain to the U.S. Congress, wrote:
“Jesus Christ is the final—absolute—incontrovertible ground for Christian faith.
If He can be discredited—Christianity is discredited.
If He is wrong—Christianity is wrong.
If He can fail—Christianity will fail!
Christian faith rises and falls with Jesus Christ.
Not our doctrine about Him—but Jesus Christ Himself.
Our doctrine is fallible—He is not.
Jesus is the sweetest name I know.
Put all the theology together—every thought man has formulated about Jesus Christ—He is greater by infinity than the sum total of all dogma conceived by the mind of man.
You cannot escape Jesus Christ as a fact of history.
He was actually born in a certain place at a certain time under certain conditions.
He lived a certain kind of life—taught many things—did many things.
And finally died as a common criminal in the method most accepted in that day for capital punishment.
History is divided by Him. In the words of Charles Malik of Lebanon, ‘Jesus Christ is the hinge of history.’
The fact of Jesus Christ’s existence is indisputable.
But the minute you accept Him as a fact of history—you cannot explain Him on any other grounds than that He was God in the flesh.
He was unique in His birth. He was unique in His life. He was unique in His death. He was unique in His victory over death—the resurrection.
To that I say Amen and Amen! All hail King Jesus!”
In Acts 4:12, Peter said, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Someone wrote these lines called, THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST:
“He came from the bosom of the Father to the bosom of a woman. He put on humanity that we might put on divinity. He became the Son of Man that we might become sons of God.
He was born contrary to the laws of nature, lived in poverty, was reared in obscurity, and only once crossed the boundary of the land in childhood. He had no wealth or influence and had neither training nor education in the world’s schools. His relatives were inconspicuous and uninfluential.
In infancy He startled a king; in boyhood He puzzled learned doctors; in manhood He ruled the course of nature. He walked upon the billows and hushed the sea to sleep. He healed the multitudes without medicine and made no charge for His services. He never wrote a book, yet all the libraries of the country could not hold the books that have been written about Him. He never wrote a song, yet He has furnished the theme for more songs than all the songwriters together. He never founded a college, yet all the schools together cannot boast as many students as He has. He never practiced medicine, and yet He healed more broken hearts than the doctors have healed broken bodies.
He is the Star of astronomy, the Rock of geology, the Lion and the Lamb of zoology, the Harmonizer of all discords, and the Healer of all diseases. Great men have come and gone, yet He lives on. Herod could not kill Him; Satan could not seduce Him; death could not destroy Him; the grave could not hold Him.
He was rich, yet for our sake became poor. How poor? Ask Mary. Ask the wise men. He left the glories of Heaven for the gutters of earth. This world was not His home. He slept in another’s manger, He cruised the lake in another’s boat; He rode on another man’s donkey; He was buried in another man’s tomb. He is the ever perfect One, the Chiefest among 10,000. He is altogether lovely.”
How can you say it better than that?
J. Oswald Sanders said, “The highest place that heaven affords, He holds by sovereign right. As King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He reigns in glory bright.”
I don’t know what else I could add, except …
Do you know JESUS?
© 2019. Barry L. Cameron
[Want to know more about JESUS? Come to Crossroads this Sunday at 8:45, 10:00, 11:30 or 5:00]
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.