Day 4: The Holy Name

Matthew 28:18-19 (NIV)
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

“Baptism is the public, physical and visible way in which someone is marked out, branded almost, with the holy ‘name’. As Jesus was given, by the angel, the name ‘Jesus’, signifying his real identity and the task that lay before him, so now, with his work complete, we suddenly discover that the ‘name’ which we are all to share is the new ‘name’ of the living God-the father, the son and the holy spirit… Now, apparently, those who have followed Jesus and have become true disciples are themselves to be caught up in this divine life and purpose” (NT Wright, Matthew for Everyone, 208).

Spend a few moments in thanksgiving, for you have been marked by the holy name, and then spend a few moments in prayer, asking for one we are reaching out to, that they will also be joined into this holy name with us. 

Prayer: Father, what a privilege that you have given us your name, you have marked us and called us yours. We love you, worship you, and are so thankful to be yours! Help us to honor your holy name, and to be caught up in this divine life and purpose of baptizing others into your name. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s continue in thanksgiving and prayer as we sing “Forever & Amen” by Cody Carnes (click here).