"No Other Name"
December 10, 2007
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other Name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
How would you like everybody around you to know you are confident, secure, and successful?
Most of us would think that would be pretty fine.
Would you feel equally pleased about letting your friends and family members know you have style, class, and sophistication? I’d like that; maybe you would, too.
And what if I could guarantee you are going to attract the right people into your life so that you will be able to raise admiring eyebrows and impress people so much their jaws will drop open? You wouldn’t have a problem with that, would you?
Amazingly, I’m pleased to share with the Daily Devotion listeners and readers that I’ve found a product, which says it can do all of those things and more. A few weeks ago, as I was traveling on a plane to Columbus, Ohio, where I was to celebrate a church anniversary and meet with the wonderful Pastor and the delightful people of Zion Lutheran Church, I read SkyMall magazine.
For those of you who don’t fly, that’s a free catalogue that offers all kinds of products from a great diversity of companies. On page 101, I read the ad for the MatrixPC watch from Gforce.
I was impressed. The ad promised if I bought that watch for $99.95 all of the blessings I’ve just mentioned would be mine. Sophistication, success, style, class –all for the modest sum of $99.95. Getting those things would be a bargain at twice the price.
Of course, most of us are pretty sure the watch company won’t be able to keep those promises. There aren’t many products that can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear and only one Person who can turn a sinner into a saint.
That is what Jesus has promised to do for all those who believe in Him. That’s what Peter was saying when he spoke the words in our devotion text selected for today. Salvation is found only in Jesus. Only in His Name can we be given forgiveness of our sins and salvation.
In short, Jesus changes us. He takes who we are, worthless and destined only for destruction, and transforms us into God’s adopted children, forgiven of our sins, and free from the eternal ravages of death and damnation. It’s why He was born; it’s why He rose. He’s how we receive eternal life.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, for doing what no one else could do, I give thanks. May my life today be filled with continuous gladness for Your gracious goodness. In Your Name, Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries