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Daily Reading: 4th May 2016

Matthew 1.20-21 cont.

20 But having thought about this an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying: “Joseph, Son of David, you should not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for what is conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit.

21 She will give birth to a son, and Jesus is the name you will call Him by, for He will save His people from their sins.

The angel continues to give further details:

Joseph and Mary would have known in advance, the sex of their child. (No scans to tell them).

The angelic announcement comes with a command that the baby is to be called ‘Jesus’. The naming of a child is a great privilege that parents have. Sometimes names pass from one generation to another. This was expected at the birth of John the Baptist:

59 And on the eight day they came to circumcise the child, and they were naming it after his father, Zacharias.

60 His mother answered and said: “No, he shall be called John”.

61 And they said to her that there is no one among your relatives who is called by this name – Luke 1.59-61.

Both couples knew in advance that they were going to have a son, and both couples had no problem in choosing a name.

The name of Jesus (Jehovah is salvation) is a description of what God is going to do. He is about to save His people from their failure to live up to God’s standard. (Romans 3.23: For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard – NLT). From before the creation of the world Jesus is predestined to be the only possible sacrifice that would make us one with the Father.

Jesus said that: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me – (John 14.6).

The message is still the same: Jesus is the only way that we will enter into His eternal life; God has not provided any other way. The whole of humanity needs saving from sin; death; and hell. This God has provided in and through Jesus.

He came specifically to save sinners, and that purpose is embedded in His name – Jesus.

If you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour then decide to do so today.

 

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