Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Man’s bane is sin. The bible says that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). We must understand that there is sin (the noun, the nature, the principle) and sin (the verb, the actions). Sin as a principle is at work on the earth.
The entire earth is cursed to suffer entropy. Science has taken it upon herself to proffer solutions to this. We have plastic surgery to hide our facial lapses, medicine to slow or even eliminate ageing and so on. Yet they all fail. For the wages of sin is death.
Thus Christ came as heaven’s wager – God’s gambit, the hidden joker in the stack of cards. But trust me, it was not a matter of luck. God, as the master of the game waited till the fullness of time and the budding of a young flower in Israel – Mary.
He came as a seed in her womb and had a name reflecting his mission. J.E.S.U.S. Everything He did was informed by this decision. Everyone he met was pointed to their forgiven sins. He did this because He was and is Life. Life works to undo the works of death.
The name JESUS means JESUS. It means God saves. What does He save from? From sin. He has translated us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light.
On what authority does darkness rule? It rules by the power of death. How does death have access? By the principle of sin. The devil’s only power is by reason of our sin. But JESUS who was Anointed to deliver has forgiven our sins on the cross. He stripped the devil off his power over us and leads us in a triumphant chorus
He HAS already translated us. He has ALREADY SAVED us. The name Jesus has eternal ramifications but more significant for us in this sphere governed by time is this reality: Our Forgiveness is past tense. His blood put his name in full effect for all generations past and future.
The name of JESUS cuts us off from the gnarled constrictions of sin. Whether in principle or performance, sin no longer holds sway over those who have identified with the name. Imagine the joy on Joseph’s face as the angel informed him of his son’s name.
How much more joy should be in our hearts and on our faces? Sadly today we get more excited about a coldstone ‘icecream’ challenge than over the name of Jesus. We are more involved in knowing the stats of soccer matches and the secrets of hollywood hillbillies than studying who we are in Christ Jesus!
The Name saves! The Name restores! The Name has done all it needs to DO! Will you spend time today to study the word and unravel the mysteries of the Name?