Jesus is Jehova to me . .
Updated: Mar 16
The new movie "Jesus Revolution" brings back a lot of wonderful memories or those (including me) who became Christians in that era. The hippies of the '60's and '70's that came to Christ began to sing about Jesus using their own style of music, which still influences the Church today. There was a group called "Daniel Amos" that wrote a song called "Jesus is Jehova to Me" You can click on this link to listen to it: https://youtu.be/EzWXcMlusr4
And this song brings me to my point. Remember this verse?
"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:9-11 KJV). Paul is quoting Isaiah 45 here. Here's the original:
“I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.” (Isaiah 45:23)
So who is speaking in Isaiah? Looking back at verse 21 we see the LORD is speaking. A click on the Strong's number H3068 (LORD) confirms that Jehova is the one speaking:
God says that every knee shall bow to HIM, while Paul says every knee will bow to Jesus. Which is it? It becomes clear when you understand that Jesus is God.
Now it makes sense when Matthew says "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us" (Matthew 1:23 / Isaiah 7:14), and when Isaiah calls this child "The mighty God" and "The everlasting Father" in Isaiah 9:7.
It makes sense when Jesus says to Philip, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” (John 14:9). Micah's prophetic prediction that "they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek: (Micah 5:1) makes sense in the light of Matthew 26:67, 68, where "they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?". At Jesus' arrest the soldiers are looking for "Jesus of Nazareth" (John 18:6). When Jesus replies "I am he" they "went backward, and fell to the ground" which makes sense in light of Psalm 9:3. But wait, there's more!
When Isaiah says “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:22), Peter adds “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12). Is Jesus another savior besides God? May it never be!
When Isaiah says “Only in the LORD, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength . ."(Isaiah 45:24) Paul adds “But of him (God) are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” (1 Corinthians 1:30). This was wonderfully preceded by Isaiah's prophecy 2700 years ago: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 54:17)
God has not abandoned us, but came for us himself in the person of His Son. Jesus is God. Don't ask me how. Don't ask anyone how. It has been a mystery for 2000 years that only eternity will unveil. But when He returns and we see Him, we will be seeing God. When we love Him we are loving GOD.
O CHRISTIAN, YOU ARE ON SOLID GROUND. Do not be shaken. Do not fear the roarings and threats of your enemies, for you shall inherit the earth. All things are yours.
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)
and keep looking up:
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” (Titus 2:13)
“and (do) not (be) frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.” (Philippians 1:28)
. . the best is yet to come . .