Hi, my name is Tressa. If you are a Jehovah’s Witness or are thinking about leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses, you probably have the same question that I had when I first left Jehovah’s Witnesses: “Why do Christians emphasize Jesus instead of Jehovah?”
As a Witness, I wore the title “one of Jehovah’s Witnesses” proudly. Over and over in the Kingdom Halls, we spoke of Jehovah, sang of Jehovah, worshipped Jehovah and prayed to Jehovah. But when I decided that I wasn’t going back to the Watchtower and started visiting many different Christian churches, looking for the “right organization” that could tell me what I was supposed to believe, I was shocked.
In each church, I heard almost nothing of Jehovah. Occasionally, there were songs sung of “Jehovah,” but this was the exception. The emphasis was clearly on Jesus only. Yes, Jesus was the one being praised, over and over. Songs were sung about Jesus and people even prayed to Jesus! It felt like idolatry, so much emphasis on the Son, they forgot about the Father!
This was almost enough to make me go back to the Watchtower. After all, aren’t we supposed to worship only Jehovah? Well, I thought in all fairness I’d study to see what the Bible said about this. To my surprise, this is what I learned:
- Jesus is the name above all names – Acts 4:12; Philippians 2:9.
- Jesus is the name we are to be “witnesses” of to all nations – Acts 1:8; 9:15.
- Jesus is the name by which the Good News is to be proclaimed – Acts 4:18; 5:28; 8:12.
- Jesus is the name we are to speak in the authority of – Acts 4:17; 9:27, 29.
- Jesus is the name by which people are healed – Acts 3:6; 4:10; 9:34.
- Jesus is the name by which baptism is performed – Acts 2:38; 8:16.
- Jesus is the name we are to suffer for – Acts 5:41; 9:16; 15:26.
- Jesus is the Creator of “all” things – John 1:3; Colossians 1:16.
- Jesus is the “Mighty God” – compare Isaiah 9:6 with Isaiah 10:20.
- Jesus is “My Lord and My God” – John 20:28.
- Jesus raised Himself from the dead – John 2:19-21; 10:17-18.
- Jesus is the One we are to follow – John 10:27.
- Jesus is the One who forgives sins – Acts 22:16; Mark 2:5-10; Acts 10:43.
- Jesus is the One who gives eternal life – John 10:28; 17:2.
- Jesus is the One to pray to and receive answers from – John 14:13-14; Acts 7:59; 2 Corinthians 12:8-9.
- Jesus is to be honored the same as the Father – John 5:23.
- Jesus is worshipped by humans – Matthew 2:11; 8:2; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 18:26; 28:9, 17.
- Jesus is worshipped by angels and other heavenly beings – Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 5:11-14.
So, Jesus is the Name to be praised, honored and worshipped! Yes, as the Gloria Gaither song says, “There’s something about the name!”
“Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health. … And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” —Acts 4:10, 12, New American Standard Bible
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