“Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.” Luke 1:31
“Thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
When the angel Gabriel came to Mary to tell her the incredible news of the life that would be formed in her, the angel also gave her the name of the child. The name was not her choice, nor the choice of Joseph, to whom she was espoused. The name was God’s choice. God chose a name that could, in one single word, put a spotlight on the reason why God’s Son left heaven and came to earth. They were not told to call Him “Wise” even though He was the Wisdom of God; they were not told to call Him “Creator” even though by Him all things were created; they were not told to call Him “Warrior” even though He is the Captain of the heavenly host.
The earthly name God chose for His Son was Jesus. In Hebrew His name is Yeshua. Yeshua is not only a name that means salvation, but it also means a celebration of all that salvation brings to us.
Salvation means a celebration of victory over the greatest problem men and women face, the problem of sin. It is a problem that only God could solve, and it is a problem that God did solve through His Son. Even though Jesus could help people, heal people, guide people, encourage people, and bless people, it would mean nothing if He could not save people from their sins.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
Salvation means liberty from sin’s bondage, forgiveness from sin’s transgression, justification from sin’s judgment, and life from sin’s sentence of death.
Salvation also means deliverance, aid, prosperity, health, help, and welfare. In sin we find everything that is bad, but in Salvation we find everything that is good; in sin we find everything that is wrong; in Salvation we find everything it right; in sin we find everything that is false; in Salvation we find everything that is true.
Jesus was given the name Savior, because He is the Savior. Salvation is not found in a ritual, a church, a creed, or in any good works that anyone can do, no matter how sincere they may be. Salvation is in a person. God has only one Savior for the sinner, and one way to be saved. That way, that name, that person, is Jesus.
“Yes, that is it! Christ the Savior! Not merely Christ the Helper of the poor, or the Feeder of the hungry, or the Father of the prodigals, or the Comfort of the sorrowful; but Christ the Savior from condemnation and guilt, from stains and filth, from the love and power and presence of sin.”
–Bramwell Booth, Trumpet of the Lord.
During the month of December, we will once again be bringing a special focus upon the life and ministry of Jesus, the Lamb of God and heaven’s Indescribable Gift to us. This post, by Roy Lessin, first appeared on Meet Me In The Meadow in December 2012.