His Name Is Jesus
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins”—Matthew 1:21.
I often like to ponder the name of Christ.
How fitting it is to start with the name by which He is most widely known ...Jesus. This name was given to Him when an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream, telling him to take Mary as his wife. (Matthew 1:18-24) I don’t think we give Joseph enough credit for this bold move. What a difficult situation he must have been in. His fiancé pregnant and claiming “miraculous conception.” Most people in his position would have walked out the door. Joseph was a righteous man and he had every “natural” reason to put Mary away quietly. But the angel warned him not to see this event with his “natural” eyes, for this event was “supernatural.” This baby was God wrapped in flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit and his name would be “Jesus.”
Have you ever stopped to think about the significance of the name? Why Jesus? The angel explains why to Joseph saying, "because He will save people from their sins.” The name Jesus means Savior. The name harkens back to the Old Testament to Joshua or Jeshua in Hebrew. Joshua was the man called by God to lead His people into the Promise Land. It is a name pregnant with the expectation of deliverance. Jeshua is translated as Jesus in the New Testament.
It was Christ Jesus who came to deliver us from our slavery to sin and into our spiritual promise land. As we who call upon Jesus as Savior celebrate, let us thank Him for the mighty deliverer that He is. Let us take time today to praise Him specifically for salvation. Open your journal, reflect on these scriptures and worship Jesus for coming as Savior.
Scripture: Colossians 1: 21-22; Acts 4:12; Psalm 62:1-2