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
Sometimes a name is just a name, and other times the name captures someone perfectly. Long ago people would choose names carefully, so to make a lifelong statement about a person’s identity. The name “Jesus” is familiar to us today, so much so one could easily forget it was a name with extraordinary significance. The name an angel announced should be given to Mary’s unborn child. And it means, “the Lord saves.” Yes, He does!
None of us can claim that power. We needed a savior to save us from the tyranny and guilt of sin. Bethlehem was the beginning of God’s mission. We don’t need to wait until Good Friday or Easter to celebrate. Our saving began at Jesus’ birth.
Mary and Joseph probably didn’t understand all of this, of course. However, they were obedient and named the newborn Jesus, The Lord Saves. But how and when the Lord would save them was still a mystery to them. Not for us. This side of the crucifixion and resurrection, we know the extent of our Saviors love for us.
Merry Christmas everyone!