Thursday, May 18, 2023

Jesus = The Lord Saves!

In Matt. 1 this morning. Joseph was told to name the child, "Jesus." Why? "Because he will save his people from their sins." Jesus was a very popular name at the time. It was the Greek equivalent of Joshua, meaning "The Lord Saves." But here it's weighted with spiritual significance. Here Jesus' supreme work on the cross was anticipated . Here was the name God chose for him, the name the Father himself decided was most appropriate for his Son. It's the designation of his primary function. The name "Jesus" is the name that perfectly expresses what our Lord really does. And every time that name is uttered, the gospel is proclaimed. 

What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!