Today's Reading: Acts 2:1-21
And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Acts 2:21)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Names are important. Adam named the animals. Parents carefully choose a name for their children. Little children even name their stuffed animals.
But there is no more important Name than the Lord's Name. Yes, even God has a Name, I AM, or YHWH (Yahweh). God reveals His personal Name to Moses and Israel in Exodus. "Say this to the people of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you'" (Exodus 3:14). And along with God's personal Name came His promise to redeem and rescue Israel from slavery. To call on the Name of the Lord is to call upon Him as Savior.
We hear the same good news from the angel: "You shall call His Name Jesus for He will save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). Jesus' Name means "Yahweh Saves." Jesus' Name reveals who He is and what He came to do for us.
And once again, God becomes personal for us. The Name above all names takes a human name and becomes man for you. The Lord who spoke to Moses in the burning bush is the Word who became flesh to dwell, die, and rise among us and for us. The Name at which every knee will bow and every tongue confess places the Name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit upon you in Holy Baptism.
The Name of Jesus saves you by water and the Spirit. The Name of Jesus saves you as you hear Absolution pronounced in His Name. The Name of Jesus saves you as you receive the true Body and Blood of "Yahweh saves" in Holy Communion. The Name of Jesus saves you as He speaks to you by His Word in the burning bush of His Holy Gospel. Jesus is the Name by which we are saved. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
At the name of Jesus Ev'ry knee shall bow, Ev'ry tongue confess Him King of glory now. 'Tis the Father's pleasure We should call Him Lord, Who from the beginning Was the mighty Word. (At the Name of Jesus, LSB 512:1)