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Matthew 1:21-23

Call Him "Yahweh Saves"

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.


Soon after Easter, there will be many church choirs already in rehearsal for their Christmas cantatas and pageants. Then, throughout the month of December, there will be thousands of glorious musical celebrations of the Savior's birth. With all the celebration, however, it will be difficult to capture the true meaning of that special moment in history.

His holy name has lost its meaning to most of us. It has been tossed about as casual slang, used in the worst of filthy cursing, and has been the object of many jokes. But the name is the equivalent of "Joshua" or "Hosea" and literally means "Yahweh saves".

Well who does He save, and from what does He save them? The angel announced to Joseph that Jesus would save "His people", which, for the original readers of this epistle, meant "Israel". We know today, however, that He broke the wall of partition between Jew and Gentile and that all who receive Him are His people. "And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:" (Ephesians 2:16)

And what were these people saved from? They were literally saved from themselves, "from their (own)sins." We should change "they" to "we" in that last sentence. We are saved from ourselves, because we have condemned ourselves through disbelief. (John 3:18)

Each of us has placed himself in the path of God's wrath and is most miserable. All have sinned. All would collect the wages of sin. All would spend eternity in the fiery darkness totally separated from God and any of His blessings. The Jews were extremely aware of their misery --- taken captive to Babylon, then conquered by the Greeks, and at the time of the writing were under Roman domination. They tried to live righteous lives, but could not find salvation. Yet, they never thought of being saved from their own sins. They looked for a national salvation.

Today, we try to justify our existence in this busy world by hard work. The more money a person earns the better off he believes he will be. His work leaves him little time to enjoy his money, and deep inside he hurts, because sin is eating away at him. Sin is destroying him. He looks for a materialistic salvation. He shall never see God, unless he finds his Savior.

Jesus would save His people, because this was the will of God the Father. It was predestined to be done by the Son, promised to King Ahaz (Isa 7:14), recorded in scripture, and now was to be fulfilled by Jesus Christ who is called Emmanuel, God with us. He would dwell among us and would call those of us who received Him His people.

Before The Throne:

If you are still trying to earn your way into heaven, you need to pray right now for Jesus to save your poor miserable soul. Your righteousness is your condemnation, not your ticket to heaven. But, He loves you so much that He died to save you from your own sins. Ask for forgiveness. Ask for His leadership and guidance. Commit yourself to Him. ONLY Jesus saves!

If you already know Him, just worship Him. Praise Him for coming. Thank Him for salvation.

For Further Study:

(v.21) ** she. Gen 17:19, 21; Gen 18:10; Judg 13:3; 2Kgs 4:16-17; Luke 1:13, 35-36; ** thou. Luke 1:31; Luke 2:21; ** JESUS. that is, Saviour. Heb. for. Ps 130:7-8; Isa 12:1-2; Isa 45:21-22; Jer 23:6; Jer 33:16; Ezek 36:25-29; Dan 9:24; Zech 9:9; John 1:29; Acts 3:26; Acts 4:12; Acts 5:31; Acts 13:23, 38-39; Eph 5:25-27; Col 1:20-23; Titus 2:14; Heb 7:25; 1John 1:7; 1John 2:1-2; 1John 3:5; Rev 1:5-6; Rev 7:14;

(v.22) ** that. Matt 2:15, 23; Matt 5:17; Matt 8:17; Matt 12:17; Matt 13:35; 1Kgs 8:15, 24; Ezra 1:1; Luke 21:22; Luke 24:44; John 10:35; John 12:38-40; John 15:25; John 17:12; John 18:9; John 19:36-37; Acts 3:18; Acts 13:27-29; Rev 17:17;

(v.23) ** a virgin. Isa 7:14; ** they shall call his name. or, his name shall be called.Emmanuel; Isa 7:14; Isa 8:8; ** Immanuel. God. Matt 28:20; Ps 46:7, 11; Isa 8:8-10; Isa 9:6-7; Isa 12:2; John 1:14; Acts 18:9; Rom 1:3-4; Rom 9:5; 2Cor 5:19; 1Tim 3:16; 2Tim 4:17, 22;

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