Names Sermon Illustrations

Names Sermon Illustrations

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Good Name

Good name in man or woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls;
Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
T'was mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.—Shakespeare in Othello

(Prov. 22. 1; Acts 22. 12)


Jesus, dishonoured and dying,
A felon on either side—
Jesus, the song of the drunkards,
Jesus the Crucified!
Name of God's tender comfort,
Name of His glorious power,
Name that is song and sweetness,
The strong everlasting tower.
Jesus the Lamb accepted,
Jesus the Priest on His throne—
Jesus the King Who is coming—
Jesus Thy Name alone!—C.P.C. in Hymns of Ter Stegen & others

(Matt. 1. 21; Matt. 27. 37; Acts 4. 12)


A group of Bedouin women were listening for the first time to the preaching of the Gospel. It was all new to them, and one woman was afraid that she might even forget the name which had fallen so sweetly on her ears. 'Tell me the name again,' she pleaded; and returned to her wandering life with the name of 'Jesus' as her one link with eternal truth.

Tell me the name again, lest I forget it,
The name of Him Who died to set me free.
'Tis Jesus, Saviour; ne'er wilt thou forget it
If thou wilt let His love lay hold on thee.

His name above all other names is glorious,
A place of refuge in the day of strife;
To trust Him fully is to be victorious
In every hour and circumstance of life.

`Tell me the name,' then when the day is dawning,
Ere through the busy world my way I take,
'Tis `Wonderful'—He'll gild the dullest morning
If thou wilt live thy life for Jesus' sake.

Tell me the name, when noontide finds me viewing,
With anxious eyes, the problems that oppress;
'Tis `Counsellor'—thy failing strength renewing:
He'll teach thee wisdom, banish thy distress.

Tell me the name, when life's short journey ending,
My senses fail, my mortal eyes grow dim;
'Tis 'Prince of Peace,' all human peace trans­cending,
He'll give thee rest, thou shalt abide with Him.

Tell them the name—its beauty, its perfection—
Who never heard our blessed Master's fame:
Tell of His life, His death, His resurrection;
Tell of His power to save—tell them the name!—J.D.McK

(Isa. 9. 6; Acts 3. 6; 10. 43; Phil. 2. 10, 11; Heb. 1. 4)


Dr Clifton N. Howard, Chairman of the World Peace Commission, attended the opening session of the Conference for Limitation of Armaments at Washington, U.S.A. Among the High Commissioners attending, an interesting and extraordinary personality representing 350 million people attracted much attention. While every head was uncovered he kept his hat on—a white turban closely wound round his dark-skinned, dignified head. Around his neck was a string of beads which he fingered with reverence, pushing them from right to left one by one until he made a complete circuit of his neck. He was a Mohammedan nobleman, this Commissioner from India, and sat in silence moving his lips in inaudible speech as he pushed his beads.

Dr Howard, introduced to him by an official, asked, What is the significance of that string of beads around your neck?'

`That is not a string,' he replied, 'but a golden cord that binds my soul to Allah.'

And the beads?' enquired Dr. Howard.

`Beads! these are not beads, but gems of glory, jewels of joy, pearls of Paradise! This is my rosary. Each of these gems—jewels—pearls—ninety-nine in all, one short of 100—is a name of Allah, the God of the Mohammedans, the God of the Koran, and I have a better speaking acquaintance with Allah than you have with your Christ. I know my God by His full name and I challenge you to match my rosary.'

Dr. Clifton N. Howard could not take up the challenge, he was ashamed to say, for he did not know his Bible well enough, and was not on such a close speaking acquaintance with the Lord Jesus Christ. But after study and search he found 208 names for our Lord Jesus Christ in the Bible: all gems of glory, jewels of joy, pearls of Paradise.

He listed seven names from Heaven given to our Lord in Incarnation at His birth—Jesus, Son of God, Son of the Highest, Immanuel, Savior, Christ and Lord.

He listed seven more in John Chapter 1—The Word, the Lamb of God, the Son of God, Messias, Jesus of Nazareth, Rabbi, and King of Israel.

He discovered that the name of Jesus occurred over 700 times in the New Testament. Jesus—the name high over all—means Jehovah Savior.

Jesus, the name high over all,
In hell, or earth, or sky;
Angels and men before it fall,
And devils fear and fly.

Jesus, the name to sinners dear,
The name to sinners given:
It scatters all their guilty fear,
It turns their hell to Heaven.

(Prov. 18. 10; Matt. 1. 21; Isa. 9. 6; Acts 4. 12)

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