I recently read that China has officially banned any future performances of Handel’s Messiah. Now, you might think you’re not familiar with it, but I guarantee you’ve heard its most famous movement, “The Hallelujah Chorus” at some point in your life.
For lord our God omnipotent reigneth;
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah;
The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.
It’s an incredibly powerful and moving song. And yet China has decided to ban it.
Because China’s afraid. China’s afraid of the One to whom it praises. China fears the name of Jesus.
The demons feared it (Mark 5:15); the Pharisees feared it (Mark 11:18). And now, 2,000 years later, China fears it, too. China has just told the world that they fear the name Jesus. Why? Why would one of the strongest nations in the world fear a name?
Because the name of Jesus is powerful. The name of Jesus frees those who are enslaved. It saves those who are lost.
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12, ESV
Church, the enemy is afraid of the name of Jesus because when people call upon His name, they are freed from their enslavement to sin.
Understand this … know this … the enemy is afraid of the name of Jesus. So don’t be afraid to speak it. Don’t be afraid to proclaim it!
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13, ESV