In His Name

John 16: 23b-28
Acts 18:23-28 / Psa 47

Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name He will give to you.
(John 16:23b)

To life’s trials we may not be immune,
Even as God’s promises we claim;
But whatever blasphemers may impugn,
Have faith in the power of His Name.

(Jesus said), “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name He will give to you. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father Himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” (John 16:23b-28)

Reflection

These holy words from our Savior are a promise and a great assurance whenever we feel anxious about our needs. During this time, Jesus was preparing His chosen disciples for His inevitable captivity, suffering and death. In a few hours they would be leaving for the garden of Gethsemane, where His fate awaited Him. But His message to them was, even if He was leaving them, the power of His Name would still remain with them, so that anything they asked the Father in His Name would be granted them. In fact they discovered later that they could perform healing and other wonders just by the mere mention of Jesus’ Name.

One of the greatest blasphemies that modern man is guilty of is taking the name of Jesus in vain. While the followers of Jesus Christ revere His Name and recognize the great power that may be derived from it, those who do not take their faith seriously especially the amoral regard it as just another word in their vocabulary. This is a chilling testament to the depths of immorality that this modern world has plunged itself into. Satan, the Great Liar that he is, has propagated the false advertising that what was once considered venerable is now in the modern sense banal and irrelevant. What was considered sacred may now be desecrated, if man wants to give free rein to his creativity in the name of modernization.

But this is only true for those who belong to the world and are not concerned about the Other World beyond this temporal one. We who are not in fellowship with this world but belong to God are the ones who worship the Name of our Lord because “it is by His Name that we are saved.” It is by His Name that we have found true joy and contentment, and peace that this modern world, with all its high-tech gizmos can never provide.

Lord Jesus, we are reminded in today’s Gospel that as long as we abide in Your Name, whatever we ask the Father will be granted. You came into this world to be our Model. And You left this world with the certainty that Your Name will live on forever long after You have gone. We are the inheritors of Your Holy Name, and we will continue to work out the Will of the Father for the glory of His creation. Amen.

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