(During Jesus‘ ministry he appointed 72 disciples to go ahead of Him without provisions but relying on the charity of the people to cure the sick and tell the people, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand for you.” Then the 72 disciples came back to Jesus to report about their mission.)
Luke 10: 17-20 The seventy[-two] returned rejoicing, and said, “LORD, even the demons are subject to us because of Your Name.” Jesus said, “I have observed satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power ‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.“
Jesus‘ words about receiving children in His Name (similar to posts from St. Matthew and from St. Mark)
Luke 9: 46-49 An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by His side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in My Name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives the One Who sent Me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.”
Then John said in reply, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your Name and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow in our company.” Jesus said to him, “Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.“
The Gospel of Saint Luke was written by a second or third generation Christian to confirm to the reader(s) ‘Theophilus’ (literally ‘friend of God’) all the teachings they have received that the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus is a fulfillment of the promises of God in the Old Testament. In this Gospel we read a more full account of the Incarnation and Birth of Jesus, the life of Saint John the Baptist, and many other insights into the life of our LORD.
Luke 1: 31 (Angel Gabriel’s promise to Mary at the Incarnation) “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son, and you shall Name Him Jesus.”
Luke 1: 49 (Mary’s canticle of praise when Elizabeth confirmed the Incarnation) “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and Holy is His Name.”
Luke 2: 21 (After the birth of Jesus) When eight days were completed for His circumcision, He was Named Jesus, the Name given Him by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
After His resurrection and before His ascension into heaven, Jesus commissioned His disciples (and us) to do mighty works in the Name of the LORD.
Mark 16: 17-18 “These signs will accompany those who believe: in My Name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents [with their hands], and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
A story taken from Father Dwight Longnecker’s blog ‘Standing on my head’
Father Roger was just over five foot tall. A very spiritual priest, he was much involved in the healing ministry, exorcism and visiting prisons and mental hospitals. He told me that one day he was walking down the corridor of a mental hospital when around the corner came a huge man–well over six foot tall and three hundred pounds. He was bellowing out blasphemies and was rushing straight for Roger brandishing a kitchen knife.
Roger stopped and said, “In the name of Jesus, drop the knife!”
The man halted. Dropped the knife and turned and walked away as meek as a lamb.
It’s a reminder that the name of Jesus has power in the spiritual realm. We repeat the holy name at the center of our rosary prayer, and should do so with a pause and a bowed head. This is the heart of the prayer: an invocation of the holy name.
The holy name should be used for every kind of deliverance prayers. When you are tempted, invoke the holy name. When you are under a cloud, invoke the holy name. When you are being attacked, invoke the holy name.
Remember that the name “Jesus” means “Savior” so call on him when you need to be saved!
Signs of the end
Mark 13: 5-6 Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one deceives you. Many will come in My Name saying, ‘I am He,’ and they will deceive many.”
The coming persecution
Mark 13: 12-13 “Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all because of My Name. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.”
The Hosanna verse similar a post from the Gospel of Saint Matthew
Mark 11: 9 Those preceding Him as well as those following kept crying out: “Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the LORD!”
Signs of the end Mark 13: 5-6 Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one deceives you. Many will come in My Name saying, ‘I am He,’ and they will deceive many.”
The coming persecution Mark 13: 12-13 “Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all because of My Name. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.“
The Gospel of St. Mark was the first Gospel that was written. It was written at least a number of years after Jesus was crucified and is based on what Saint Peter told Saint Mark about the life of Jesus. It is the shortest in length of all the Gospels and if it seems to portray Saint Peter in a critical light, that was due to Saint Peter’s own self-criticism of his lack of faith during Jesus‘s trial that he dictated to Saint Mark. We will find similar passages with respect to the Name of the LORD as seen in the other Gospels.
Jesus‘ words about receiving children in His Name (similar to a post from the Gospel of St. Matthew)
Mark 9:37-39 “Whoever receives one child such as this in My Name, receives Me, and whoever receives Me, receives not Me, but the One Who sent Me.” John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in Your Name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in My Name who can at the same time speak ill of Me.”
Chapter 24 of Matthew concerns Jesus telling his disciples of the times spoken of by Daniel the prophet, the ‘eschatological’ times which means the coming of a new age or ‘eschaton.’ Jesus warns of calamities and a great tribulation that will precede the coming of the Son of Man.
Matthew 24: 9-14 “Then they will hand you over to persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of My Name. And then many will be led into sin; they will betray and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and deceive many; and because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come.”
The great commissioning of the Apostles by Jesus (and commissioned now to us) to go into the world and baptize in His Name.
Matthew 28: 17-20 When they (disciples) saw Him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
The Hosanna verses are of such magnitude that each one of the four Gospels tell of the Hosanna entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. Additionally, we sing the Hosanna verses at every single Mass that we attend. The Hosanna verses precede the Eucharistic prayer at every Mass where Jesus is fully and truly present as He comes in the Name of the LORD in the Eucharist. Here is the passage from Matthew:
Matthew 21: 9 The crowds preceding Him and those following kept crying out and saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the LORD; hosanna in the highest.”
Jesus lamented over how the people in high positions in Jerusalem rejected Him, His words, and the One who sent Him.
Matthew 23:37-39 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned, desolate. I tell you, you will not see Me again until you say, ‘Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the LORD.’ (the Hosanna verse)“
The rich young man asks Jesus what it takes to follow Him. Jesus tells him to sell everything and follow Him- to which the man declines and leaves. Jesus tells His disciples that it is hard for worldly people to enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 19: 23-30 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” Then Peter said in reply, “We have given up everything and followed You. What will there be for us?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you that you who have followed Me, in the new age, when the Son of Man is seated on His throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of My Name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.“