It’s a lovely sunny summer Saturday. Church is packed with family, friends and coworkers. We’re one hour from starting the wedding march when all electric power in our area goes out! As in kaput! None of us knows that a truck has slammed into a nearby power pole.
What the bride knows is that her reception hall would now not be available, and that the refrigerators are getting warmer with each passing moment. She’s inconsolable. Tears like a winter storm!
People gather in the sanctuary. Our organist is forced to play the piano. It’s 2pm. What should I do? Begin the wedding? Have the bridal party start down the aisle? Will this bride’s tears flood us all out?! No. She agrees that we must start her special day, one she’s dreamed about all her life.
It’s a bit dark inside, but some sunshine filters through the stained-glass windows. The wedding party processes with precision as practiced the night before. The groom and best man sneak in with me. For here comes the bride, escorted proudly by her father! All now in place.
I open with a brief message about marriage, ending with the words ‘in the powerful name of Jesus Christ’ whereupon all the lights and power return! Electricity is restored with a jolting snap from the microphone and a whoosh from the organ. All I could say next is this–‘the name of Jesus is certainly powerful’! Everyone laughs and claps as the wedding now goes on as planned.
My glib comment overshadows a much deeper truth–Jesus’ name is in fact powerful. He says it is. ‘You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name’ (John 15:16). In His name.
Jesus wants us to be productive. To make a difference in other’s lives. Not to gain ‘brownie points’ for ourselves. No. Only for Him. For Jesus. Make sure people know whose name is above all others. Not yours…His! After all, He can move mountains… and make lights shine!
Prayer: We love your name, Jesus. May we always use it with respect and honor. Amen.