His Name Shall Be Called Jesus

The Nativity

“The hinge of history is on the door of a Bethlehem stable.” ~Ralph W Sockman


It was revealed to Joseph, “You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20, 21). Salvation was the purpose of His coming. Savior was the meaning of His name. The New Testament Greek Ἰησοῦς (Jesus) is the same name as the Old Testament Hebrew יְהוֹשׁוּעַ (Jehoshua or Joshua)—variously spelled Yeshua, Oshea, Hoshea, Hosea—from the Hebrew יָשַׁע (yasha) “to save” (Deuteronomy 20:4).

God has “given Him a name that is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11). “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). “To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whoever believes in Him shall receive remission of sins” (10:43).

I know of a world that is sunk in shame,
Where hearts oft faint and tire;
But I know of a Name, a precious Name,
That can set that world on fire:
Its sound is sweet, its letters flame.
I know of a Name, a precious Name,
‘Tis Jesus
. ~ J Wilbur Chapman


David, the warrior, who survived harrowing combats, knew experientially, “The Lord is my Savior” (2 Samuel 22:3): the One who saves my life from destruction. God saved or rescued His people from Egypt (Psalm 106:21; cf Isaiah 63:8-10). It was prophesied, that yet again, after the Captivity, the Lord “shall send them a Savior, and a Great One, and He shall deliver them” (Isaiah 19:20). “For I AM the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” (43:3; cf 45:15). “I, even I, AM the Lord, and beside Me there is no Savior” (43:11; cf 45:21; Hosea 13:4). “I, the Lord, AM your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob” (Isaiah 49:26; cf 60:16).

In her Magnificat Mary, the mother of the yet-to-be-born Jesus, sang, “My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior” (Luke 1:47).

The angels told the shepherds, “To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (2:11).

Jesus talked with a woman at the well in Samaria. Afterward she witnessed to the townspeople, and they came to hear Him. They told her, “Now we believe … and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world” (John 4:42).

“God raised up Jesus and exalted Him to His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:31; cf 13:23). “The living God is the Savior of all men, especially those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:10). “Our Savior Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity and purify to Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:13). “We have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14).

“There are only two things of which I am sure: one is, that I am a miserable sinner; and the other, that Christ is an all-sufficient Savior.” ~John Newton

Copyright © 2015 Alexandra Lee

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