He Shall Save His People From Their Sins
“But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
We all know that Jesus was not born on December 25, however, the exact date is not as important as the fact that He was born. We also know that December 25 was an ancient pagan holiday; however, it should also be understood that December 25 has nothing to do with paganism today. The fact is, as Christians, this date is a day that honors the birth of our Lord.
To all Christians, Christmas focuses on the incarnation—God becoming man. However, in this Christmas article, I want to focus on the purpose of the incarnation, and that is the cross of Calvary, when the Lord laid down His life as the ransom for man’s sin.
As believers, we must never diminish the importance of the incarnation or the resurrection, however, neither the incarnation nor the resurrection by themselves atoned for man’s sin—only the cross could do that.
The Fulfillment Of Bible Prophecy
I want us to look at Matthew 1:21 in the following manner: The angel’s announcement to Joseph is virtually the same as given three hundred years before in Isaiah, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isa. 7:14). This “Son” was the fulfillment of prophecies that began in the garden of Eden (Gen. 3:15).
Actually, the entirety of the Bible is the story of Jesus Christ—the fact of His life, death, resurrection, and soon return.
You Shall Call His Name Jesus
In the Hebrew form, the name Jesus is actually Yehoshua or Joshua, and it means “Savior, who is salvation.” Of all the names given to God in the Bible, the greatest name He was given is Jesus. In the name Jesus, we find everything we need for life and living. In that name, Jesus, there is salvation, healing, joy, deliverance, life, hope, justification, sanctification, etc.
To Save From Sin
The phrase, “For he shall save his people from their sins,” actually says, “For it is He who shall save, and none other.”
The words salvation, saved, or save denote deliverance in every sense of the word. Deliverance from the penalty of sin (eternal damnation) and then deliverance from sin itself (the bondage of sin).
The Old Testament and the New Testament proclaim sin as missing the mark—to disobey God, which means to disobey His Word.
The cause of sin is the fall, which originated in the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve fell from the lofty position of total God-consciousness down to the far lower level of total self-consciousness. Their very nature became that of sin, hence, the “sin nature.” Therefore, because of Adam’s fall, all of the human race is born with what is referred to as “original sin.” Because of sin, man must have a savior, therefore Jesus Christ became man in order to die and shed His blood for all of humanity. The only answer for sin is Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
So this Christmas, let us not forget to honor the Lord for the incarnation and for the cross.
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