For some reason today I just don’t have a lot to say.
Maybe it’s because of the snow outside.
Maybe it’s because I have company over.
Maybe it’s because I have laundry to fold and dishes to wash.
Maybe it’s because I didn’t get much sleep last night.
Maybe it’s because I have piles of school work to do.
Well whatever it is….I don’t have many words today.
7 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified,whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.12 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: 7-12, ESV)
When we reach lows in our lives it is tempting to reach out and hope for something – someone to save us. But what this verse reminds us is that there is only salvation, redemption, in one person – Jesus Christ. There is only one person, one name that you need to call on – Jesus Christ.
I also love that Luke uses the adverb “must” in this context. It creates a sense of finality and urgency. Must. To be obliged to. Something that should not be overlooked or missed.
Jesus was overlooked by many in his day, but we are told in this verse that He is the only one who can lift you up out of the pit.
There is no one else in all of Creation that is capable of fully understanding every single thing you are going through.
So tell him about it.
You don’t need to worry about whatever it is you’re dealing with.
Give it Jesus.
Because there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.