All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name

All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race,
ye ransomed from the Fall,
hail Him who saves you by His grace,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Let every kindred, every tribe
on this terrestrial ball,
to Him all majesty ascribe,
and crown Him Lord of all.
To Him all majesty ascribe,
and crown Him Lord of all.

O that with yonder sacred throng
we at His feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song,
and crown Him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Written by Edward Perronet, 1779
Music by Oliver Holden, 1793
Music by James Ellor, 1838

 

All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,saying: “Amen! Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”
Revelation 7:9 – 12

 “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’”
Revelation 7:29

“What is in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other names, would smell as sweet.”  I remember studying Romeo and Juliet in high school.  For extra credit, I memorized large portions of the play and this line was one of them.  The idea is that a name does not matter, it is what is inside that matters.  This is a great point from a western mentality, but from other cultures, including those in biblical times, a name is a powerful thing.  Some believe that there is power in a name.

Is this the case for Jesus?  Is it just a name or is there something more to it?  Let’s look at a few scriptures concerning the name of Jesus.

Jesus said in John 14:13, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Philippians 2:9 – 11 says that, “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Acts 4:12 says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”  And Matthew 1:21 says, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Jesus, the name was given to Joseph by an angel.  But it is a name of significance in the History of Israel.  Jesus is the Greek form of the name Joshua (Yeshua).  Its meaning is savior or deliverer.  Joshua was the one who delivered Israel into the promised land.  So the angel instructed Joseph to name the child Mary was carrying, Deliverer “because he will save his people from their sins.”

The significance of the name Jesus is found in its meaning, but the power of the name is found in the one who bears it.  It is not simply that Jesus is a powerful name, if that were the case I know a fair number of people who would have great power.  No, it is not the name Jesus, it is that the name Jesus was borne by the the Son of God.  You see, the fact is that Shakespeare was not so far off.  It is not the specific name that matter, it is the Savior behind the name.  So whether you call him Jesus, Gesu, Yeshua, Isa, or one of the other translations of the name Jesus it does not matter.  It is the Savior who has the power to save.  It is the Savior before whom “EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

In light of this, I find new meaning in the words of Edward Perronet’s hymn “All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name.”  For this reason, when I look all the mighty works Jesus has done.  When I realize that magnitude of His being my savior, I look forward to the day when “with yonder sacred throng we at His feet may fall! We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown Him Lord of all. We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown Him Lord of all.

Oliver Holden Melody

 

James Ellor Melody

 

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