Merlinâ€™s Magic Words
Value: The Name of Jesus
Jonathan and Gwen were the best of friends. They grew up next door neighbors and from the moment they
could listen, they heard stories of the great King Arthur, his valiant knights of the round table, the beautiful
princesses and the terrifying dragons and of course the amazing and mysterious Merlin. How often they
whispered to each other that they wished just one of these mythical people who were the rulers of their
kingdom would happen by to see them in their tiny village.
â€œDo you think there are dragons in our forests or caves?â€ Gwen asked her friend curiously.
â€œOh yes, there must be and when we are grown, I will fight them and King Arthur will make me a knight
of the round table.â€ Jonathan bragged beating on his chest until he had to stop because it made him cough.
The two walked along the path that lead to church talking about all these wonderful heroes and adventures
that they wished they could be part of. Up ahead they saw the tiny hut which was the church for their
village and they couldnâ€™t help but look to the sky at the tall cross Jonathanâ€™s daddy had carved and
put there to honor Jesus.
â€œI wish I could see Merlin do his magic.â€ Jonathan continued.
â€œOh me too Jonathanâ€ Gwen said with a sigh. It was not a sigh of unhappiness because she was so
content in her little village. She loved her parents and had wonderful friends like Jonathan and they felt safe
far from the wars that the king and his knights conducted to protect their homeland. But still, children long
for adventure, even if they are afraid sometimes.
â€œI wish I could clap my hands like thisâ€¦â€ and he clapped loudly CLAP CLAP, â€œand Merlin would
come and teach us his magic.â€
â€œHee hee hee,â€ Gwen giggled, â€œYes we could both clap...â€ and she mimicked her friend with her
more dainty claps CLAP CLAP â€œand he would come make us wizards too.
â€œYou are very good at clapping Sir Knight and Princess Gwenâ€ the deep rumbling voice came from just
off the path. Gwen and Jonathan almost jumped out of their hair at the voice. They landed on the other side
of the path looking for the voice. There sitting on a stump next to the church was what could only be a
wizard. His long robe reached his sandaled feet. His white hair was long as was his pointed beard and his
staff was tall and crocked at the end and singed at the tip as though much fire had come from it. And his
robe was covered with mythical and colorful symbols like stars and moons and mysterious runes that the
children could not know.
â€œWhy did you call me Sir Knight?â€ Jonathan asked shyly. â€œI am just a little boy.â€
â€œYes good Jonathan.â€ The kindly grandfatherly figure said with a smile. â€œCome close children, I am
Merlin, you called for me. I come to give you the most powerful word in the universe.â€ Gwen and
Jonathan were drawn to the feet of the wizard. â€œYou see yourself as a child Jonathan. But Merlin can
see beyond today to a world only a few years away. I can see for who you will become. For buried inside
of you is the greatness you will grow in to. And inside this little boy Jonathan is a wonderful Knight who
will serve his king and his Lord Jesus mightily not so many years from now.â€
â€œBut how can you see us as we will be?â€ Gwen asked gazing wide eyed as the magical man.
â€œBecause I see you as God sees you, Princess Gwen.â€ Merlin explained. â€œI see you for what God
created you to be and a princess and a mighty knight you will be, if you serve Jesus every day as you grow
up.â€ The children smiled and blushed getting goose bumps thinking of themselves as God sees them.
â€œBut did you say you were going to give us the most powerful magic ever?â€ Jonathan said with a voice
full of wonder and excitement.
â€œYes but first some lesser magic.â€ The wizard said with a wry grin. At that, he lifted his staff to the
sky, exclaimed words the children could not understand and his clenched fist sprang open and sparks and
tiny fires burst on the stones of the path in front of the children. Jonathan laughed and clapped and the sage
wizard smiled with pleasure at their giggles.
â€œDO MORE, DO MORE!â€ The children pleaded.
â€œI will gladly,â€ Merlin said clearly having as much fun as the children. â€œObserve that dog, you know
him, all the villagers know him. His name is Busterâ€ Merlin said gesturing to the fluffy dog that was
prancing down the path toward the church where he often got fed by the priests. â€œWatch him walk like a
human.â€ Merlin said in a powerful magician voice. He clapped again and just as though a spell changed
Buster into a person, the dog rose up on his hind legs and walked several steps. Merlin clapped again and
Buster ran behind him.
The children clapped and giggled seeing the magical Merlin for real doing real magic for them. â€œPlease
teach us to be wizards. Teach us the deepest secrets.â€ The said with happy nagging in their voices.
â€œAll right but you must promise when I teach you the most powerful word in the universe, you will hold
it dear in your heart.â€ The wizard warned them and they jumped and leapt about like silly children, which
they were, and promised and promised and promised. Then Merlin made them sit at his feet and whispered
â€œThe deep dark secret is this childrenâ€¦â€ he said gazing into their trusting eyes. â€œThe tricks you saw
are not magic at all. Anyone can do them.â€ And at that, he opened his hand to show them some tiny white
crystals. â€œThese are sulfur crystals. They easily burst into flames and they are how I made the
â€˜magicâ€™ flames appear.â€
â€œBut what about Buster?â€ Gwen objected. â€œYou made him walk.â€
â€œPrincess Gwen, the secret of magic is there is no source of power in the universe except that which
comes from God. You will be powerful in your knowledge of spiritual power when you learn the word at
which every knee shall bow and every spiritual being, demon and angel kneel and worship. Now watch.â€
And he whistled and buster came to him. He held his hand above the happy dog and opened it showing he
had a treat which buster was begging for. Merlin dropped the treat in his mouth after Buster danced on his
toes giving a show that made the children laugh and clap all over again. â€œWhen Buster walked for us
earlier, he ran behind me to get his treat.â€ Merlin explained.
â€œSee children, these are harmless tricks but there is no spiritual power that can do mighty works except
those which God can do. And that is the powerful word you will now know. This word gives Godâ€™s
children the power to do powerful things in His name. Just listen to the holy words about this amazing
word.â€ And Merlin produced a big black book from his satchel.
â€œI wonder if that is the book of spells.â€ Jonathan whispered but then Merlin read.
â€œThey shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay
hands on the sick, and they shall recover.â€ He read and the children just gasp with awe at the power of the
â€œTell us the word, Merlin. Please, please, please, please., please.â€ The children begged and then he
turned the pages of the book. As he lifted the book to read it, Gwen made out the title. It was â€œThe Holy
Bibleâ€ and then Merlin read.
â€œThat at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things
under the earth;â€ and then he closed the book. â€œThe name of Jesus is the most powerful word in the
universe Children. With it we can heal the sick, cast out evil and become friends with God. And being a
friend with God is even better than meeting King Arthur, isnâ€™t it children.
â€œYes Merlinâ€ the children answered in awe.
â€œBut what can we do, Merlin?â€ Jonathan said confused. â€œWe are just children.â€
â€œObey Jesus, Children.â€ Merlin instructed. â€œGo to church and Sunday School every week. That is
where you will learn how to use the name of Jesus. Pray and ask your parents and teachers and pastor to
teach you everything about God and Jesus and the Bible and you will become powerful servants able to do
mighty works, in the name of children. And it can all start today, just inside this tiny church. That is where
the power is Sir Knight and Princess Gwen. Do you want it?â€
â€œYESâ€™ and they ran to the church door and pulled it open. Just before they went in Gwen stopped.
â€œWait we forgot to thank him.â€ And they both looked back. But the powerful wizard was not gone.
All that remained was the a whirling smoke that curled around the stump where he sat and Buster was
dancing and barking happily on his hind legs like a human.