I wish you could have met my friend Jack. He was a hard-drinking, cigar-smoking / chewing laundryman; that is, before he became a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. In his own words, “I should have owned one of the railroad cars for the tickets I bought sending my wife back home to her parents.”
He was gloriously saved and studied for the ministry with me in New Jersey. He had a burden for men of the “streets”… men you dared not call “bums” in his presence. “They are men for whom Christ died.” He devoted his life to reaching these men for Jesus Christ.
Jack made my 5’2″ wife feel tall. It was faster to go over him than around him. Now that you can picture the stature of Jack, I will relate the following true story.
One day, someone ran into the Gospel Mission to tell Jack that a man was being held at knife point by another man in the dead-end alley out back. Jack ran to the alley, although he could have made better time rolling. Without hesitancy he walked directly to the man with the knife, put out his hand and said: “In the Name of Jesus Christ, give me that knife.” The man, without question or hesitancy turned and passed Jack the knife. Jack said: “Thank you!” As he turned from the men, he stopped, looked up to heaven and said: “And thank you Lord.”
The Name of Jesus! The Name to which all men will ultimately bow, the Name that has not lost its power; The Name that allows us to storm the portals of Heaven and receive answers from the very Throne of God. (Philippians 2:10, 11) “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.” Jean Perry wrote: “That beautiful name, that beautiful name, From sin has power to free us! That beautiful name, that wonderful name, That matchless name is Jesus!”