And You Shall Call His Name Jesus

Matthew 1:21 

That was not unusual. In those days most first born boy babies were named Jesus. It is simply a form of the Hebrew name Joshua. It means Deliverer, or Saviour. So what was so special about this “Jesus”? The answer is in the words of the command; “You shall call his name Jesus, for HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS”. That was the difference. This ‘Jesus’ came to fulfil the actual meaning of the name. He came to save, to heal and to transform lives. Jesus was his human identity, but he would also have another identity. Matthew quotes from Isaiah 7:14 “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” which is translated “God with us”. So here we have two names that would combine in one body and would bring to us the revelation that “The Word” that was in the beginning with God, and that was God, “became flesh and dwelt among us”. Jesus himself said to his disciples; “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father”.

No wonder we celebrate Christmas, the glorious and wonder filled event of Jesus’ birth; his coming to earth “in the form of a servant”. His birth was announced by angels, and he was welcomed by angels. The air was full of singing, praising, worshiping angels. Their song was “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill toward men” Yes – in the song of the angels, God almighty was declaring that his love, his grace and tender mercy had arrived. In the birth of His son, God himself had come. The message from heaven is;

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.”

Praise Him. His name is Jesus. Angels praised him, wise men worshiped him and shepherds took time out to visit him and bow before him; and I am certainly going to! His name is “Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of peace”. May our gatherings be filled with songs of joy as we worship Him – Jesus, God with us. Amen.

May our homes know his love, presence and blessing, and our celebration testify to his saving power in our lives.

Be Blessed.


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