In Jesus’ Name
a series of three sermons by Peter J Blackburn at Edmonton Uniting Church, 9, 16, 23 October 2011
In Jesus’ Name
Reading: John 16.16-24
Last Sunday we had two Bible readings. We were reminded from John 14 that Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” And from Acts 4 where Peter said to the Jewish leaders, “It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed... Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved”.
Both lead to the inescapable conclusion that there is only one Saviour – Jesus – and that it is only through Jesus that we can come to know the Father...
Readings: John 14.1-14; Acts 4.1-12
The preamble of the original Australian Constitution states that “the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania, humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth”. This commitment has had many implications for our society based on an overt commitment to a Judaeo-Christian understanding of right and wrong.
As a nation we have no “established” religion as such, though federal, state and local governments have always been opened with Christian prayer. We are multicultural, welcoming immigrants from many different backgrounds...
Because there is no other name by which we must be saved, we can only pray in Jesus’ name which is the name above every name.
Name above every name
Reading: Philippians 2.1-11
We have been served well by six brands of car. Last year when we were looking for a new car I asked our mechanic at Forrest Beach his opinion of cars these days. He mentioned his  preference and then said, “Really, there’s not a lot to pick between them!”
I think that’s how many folk sum up all the available religious gurus. People may have their favourites, but “really, there’s not a lot to pick between them!”
So some may take offence at the claims we have been talking about over the past two weeks. Jesus claimed that there is only one way to come to the Father and he is that Way...