July 19, 2008 - Saturday of the 8th Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 2:18-36; Acts 15:22-41

Save me, O God, by Your name, And vindicate me by Your strength. (From the Introit for Trinity 9)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. God's Name is what saves you. When the Son became flesh and was born, He was given the name “Jesus,” that is, “the Lord saves.” As you read through the Old Testament, you will often see God's people give various names to places where the Lord has done something for them. Such as “The-Lord-provides” and “Lord-of-Hosts.” God's name is all about what He is doing.

Jesus saves His people by carrying our names and giving us His own. He is God-with-us. He is Righteousness-of-God. We are no-name sinners under God's wrath. So the Lord comes to save us. He saves us by being God-in-the-flesh to carry our sins to the cross. Peter preaches on Pentecost what the Old Testament prophets said, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Tomorrow in the Divine Service, we will first hear the name that saves us. “In the Name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit.” That's the Name put upon us in Holy Baptism. It's the Name by which our sins are washed away with water and the Word. In the Confession of sins, we will name ourselves as sinners. But Absolution is spoken, once again: “In the Name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit.”

Sometimes a name will get you in the door. Maybe you “know somebody who knows somebody.” That won't work with our names. Our names won't get us into eternal life. But the name of Jesus will. His name speaks to the Father all that He has done for us. For us to speak and call upon His name is to have faith and trust that this Jesus saves us, just as His name says.

Ever heard the question, “What's in a name?” In the Name of Jesus there is everything for your salvation! It is all the strength of the Lord given for your salvation. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds In a believer's ear! It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds, And drives away our fear. (LSB 524:1)