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On This Holy Night: What’s in a Name?

December 20th, 2017

You shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sin. Matthew 1:21

In the Bible people chose names with care. The Hebrews places far more meaning on the names they gave their children than we do today. So when it was time for God to send His son, what He would name Him became very important.

What name would He give His Son, who was to be born of a virgin, suffer under Pontius Pilate, would be crucified, dead and buried only to rise again?  What would He call Him? Instead of leaving it up to Mary & Joseph, God sent Angels to make sure they got it right. By special instructions His name was Jesus. And of all the titles given to Him, Jesus is the most beloved.

Hymn writers have memorialized the name Jesus in hymns; so many I could never name them all. If ever a name was designed to indicate something significant about a person, God knew what He was doing naming His Son Jesus. Jesus means: “Jehovah saves” or “Lord of Salvation.” And that’s exactly who He is! The angel said to Joseph, “You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

There is no man on earth who can wipe away sins, but Jesus can. His name is above all names, and His purpose on earth set Him apart from everyone, for He saves His people from sin. Do you believe it?! Wow, what a gift.

What is the name of the Christmas baby? The name of God’s only begotten Son? The name of the One who can save us from our sins? His name is Jesus – there’s something about that name!


Christmas Day: Jesus

December 25th, 2015

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 sometimes a name perfectly suits the person. Ancient people would choose names carefully, so as to make a lifelong statement about a person’s identity. “Jesus” is a name so familiar these days that we could easily forget it was a name with extraordinary significance. The very name an angel announced should be given to Mary and Joseph’s unborn child. And what a name! “Jesus” means “the Lord saves.” He does indeed.

None of us can save ourselves anymore than a person sinking in a rowboat can save himself by pulling up on the side of the boat. We need a savior who has the power to do just that … save us from ourselves.

But there wouldn’t be saving if there hadn’t of been a sacrifice. And there wouldn’t have been a sacrifice if there wouldn’t have been a baby named Jesus. We don’t need to wait until Good Friday and Easter Sunday to celebrate the Savior. The saving started Christmas morning with the birth of Jesus.

There’s no way Mary and Joseph could have understood all this, of course. They were obedient and named the baby Jesus, but how and when the Lord would save them remained a mystery to everyone. But not for us, on this side of the resurrection, we know the extent of the saving love of God.

Merry Christmas everyone!


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