“There is no other name under heaven
given among men
by which we must be saved.”
This remarkable exclamation of the Apostle Peter is even more meaningful as our theme for the year given the timing and location of its delivery.
Peter and John are before the Sanhedrin, on trial for preaching of Jesus in the temple, following the healing of the cripple at the gate Beautiful.
The question comes to them, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”
“By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,” comes the reply.
The Sanhedrin had perhaps hoped they had heard the last of that name. They may have doubted that Jesus Himself was risen, but they could not deny that the very name which had been inscribed on His cross was well and truly alive.
This situation feels increasingly familiar to us. The name of Jesus is still despised. Those who dare to speak of the power of the name of Jesus in public today continue to face condescension, disgrace, and ostracization.
Should we be surprised? Absolutely not. For He said:
“If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you…but all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake.” John 15:20-21
Children now are not so familiar with the name of Jesus. In years past they learnt His name in homes and churches. They learnt that He loved them, for the Bible told them so.They learnt that joy was found in putting Him ﬁrst, yourself last, and others in between. They still hear His name, sure enough, both at home and in the playground, but now it is a curse word, often directed at them, never used for them. They know nothing of its sweetness or its power.
They don’t learn that when He walked this earth, little ones like they sat upon His knee, and He blessed them.
This is just the imbalance, the misuse, that Christian Education seeks to correct. It points to the power of the name of Jesus. It conﬁ rms Him as their Creator, their Sustainer, their Provider. Children grow up with Jesus. They who are meek and lowly ﬁ nd one such as themselves. One Who, while all around tell them to ‘grow up’, told others to become like them. They don’t just get a fleeting visit with Him on Sunday; they grow up with Him every day of the week.
Here we return to Peter and John. Their answer has stunned the Sanhedrin. They can say nothing against them. But most importantly, they recognised that they didn’t just know His name, but that they had been with Jesus. They had spent time in His presence. He was the source of their boldness, their training, and their education.
Christian Education seeks to put children in His presence. No gimmick, no distraction, no modernity is necessary. It’s Jesus, pure and simple. He gives strength to the weary mathematician and power to the feeble scientist. He waits with peace at every test. He corrects every error. He enables every goal. Until there is no doubt, no question, no uncertainty, that there is salvation in No Other Name but the name of Jesus!