In Acts 4 today, we pick up the story of Peter and John right after the healing of the crippled beggar. More on that in a moment. In our Gospel reading today from John 21, the disciples are out fishing. Remember, these guys were professional fishermen. After catching nothing all night, they see Jesus, who tells them to throw their net out on the other side of the boat. I can just hear them thinking, Oh…we’ve been fishing on the wrong side of the boat! They do as Jesus says and catch a net full of big fish!
The leaders of the temple have Peter and John thrown into the hoosegow. They bring them before the big shots, who ask them, “By what power or by what name have you done this?” Peter then tells them that this healing has been done in the name of Jesus Christ. And then he gives them the knockout blow. “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”
Jesus. I don’t know about you, but I think that the name has such a melodic ring to it. What do you think of when you hear or say the name of Jesus? A baby in a manger? Teacher? Do you see a bloodied man hanging on a cross? Or the resurrected Christ? How about e) all of the above? And then some! We should be filled with awe and grace when we so much as think of the name! Because that name is our salvation.
Father, help us to always reverence the mighty name of Jesus. For there is no other name by which we are to be saved. Hallelujah! Amen!