Isaiah 12:4

Tom Harding

"And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted." God has highly exalted Jesus Christ above all; by raising Him from the dead (Rom. 4:25), by receiving Him into glory (Heb. 9:24), by seating Him on the throne of sovereignty (Heb. 1:4), by giving Him all dominion and power in heaven and earth (Eph. 1:21). But also in the day of salvation, Jesus Christ has been highly exalted in the believers heart. That is why when the believer talks of His salvation, he rightly and quickly makes mention that His Lord is exalted and gives God all the glory for so great a salvation. As one believer has said, "Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy and for thy truth sake" (Psalm 115:1). All of His names given unto our Lord throughout the scriptures magnify His person and describe His glorious work. Lets consider some more of His names:

PROPHET (Deut. 18:18). How good and gracious is our God to send among us so great a Prophet as Jesus Christ. What a Prophet He is, coming from heaven and fulfilling what others only talked about (Luke 24:27). How blessed are those who are given grace to hear Him, to hear Him is to hear God (Jn. 5:24). And how inexcusable it will be for those who refuse to hear Him (Jn. 3:18). His words are true and faithful (Jas. 1:18). His words are full of grace and life (Jn. 1:14,17). His words are words of power (Luke 4:32). Apart from the gracious words of the Prophet spoken to our hearts in the power and revelation of the Holy Spirit we would be left in the dark about salvation (2 Cor. 4:6).

REDEEMER (Job 19:25). There is no name of the Messiah which is more significant, more comprehensive, more endearing to His people than Redeemer. Job said, "I know that my Redeemer Liveth." Jesus Christ is the kinsman Redeemer who has the right to redeem (1 Pet. 1:18), the will to redeem (1 John 4:10), the power to redeem from all sin (Heb. 9:12). Let there be no mistake, all those given to Him in the covenant of grace were set free when Jesus Christ paid the ransom price (Acts 20:28). Our great Kinsman Redeemer removed every charge and debt against us and set us free (Rom. 8:1).

SALVATION (LUKE 2:30). Simeon had been waiting for God to reveal unto him the Saviour. When they brought him in, Simeon took him up in his arms and declared; Jesus Christ is salvation. He is the author of salvation (Heb. 5:9). He is the cause of salvation (2 Cor. 5:21). He is the certainty of salvation (John 10:27-30). None for whom He died can perish!

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.

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