FOUR TWELVE DAY!
I don’t know how it started, but somewhere along the line I invented my own holiday. I don’t know of anyone else who celebrates it, actually, but that hasn’t stopped me from broadcasting it whenever I get a chance!
Perhaps you’ve had the experience of looking up at a clock, or looking at your cell phone or a watch, and after a while it seems you’re always catching it when it says “3:33” or “11:11” or some such, and you begin to think there just might some numerical prophecy at the root of the experience! 😉
Well, for me, the number I “see” often is 4:12. And it ALWAYS plays in my head like a script as soon as I see it – “There is salvation in no other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved!” (Acts 4:12) Even though the name of Jesus isn’t actually uttered in this verse, it is nevertheless the whole context of this declaration.
Here it is from verse 8, and from The Message:
8-12With that, Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, let loose: “Rulers and leaders of the people, if we have been brought to trial today for helping a sick man, put under investigation regarding this healing, I’ll be completely frank with you—we have nothing to hide. By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the One you killed on a cross, the One God raised from the dead, by means of his name this man stands before you healthy and whole. Jesus is ‘the stone you masons threw out, which is now the cornerstone.’ Salvation comes no other way; no other name has been or will be given to us by which we can be saved, only this one.”
Isn’t that EXTRAORDINARY!?!
So, whenever I see 4:12, I think of this text ~ and one result is that April 12th became like my own personal holiday.
And you know what I think?
I think memorizing this verse in Bible Club as a child had something to do with that imprint. 😉
And you know what else I think?
I think we should each of us maybe memorize a verse to correspond to EVERY day of the year, so that when we’re signing our checks, or when we’re catching the clock at a given hour and minute of the day, we may have more and MORE “mini-holidays” under our belt as we cling to the Word of God!
Call me crazy,
And be blessed!