advent – four

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.”  (Luke 1)  … an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  (Matthew 1)

When the angel of the Lord appeared to Mary and Joseph, they both received similar messages. Mary was told to name her son Jesus. The angel told Joseph that Mary’s son was to be called Jesus because ‘he would save his people from their sins’.

God himself chose to call his Son by this particular name for a particular purpose. The Anglo word Jesus, it seems, has been translated through from Latin, from Greek, from the Hebrew verb, Jeshua, meaning ‘he will certainly save’ (Hendriksen, p108).

The explanation given was Jesus would save his people from their sins. God did not forsake his people leaving them to their own devices, waiting for them to blindly grope their way in the darkness in an effort to find their way to him.

God took the initiative knowing their efforts would be futile. He shone a light into the darkness by sending his only Son into the world to be their Saviour.

And indeed, Jesus has certainly saved!

My Jesus, my Saviour Darlene Zschech

Hendriksen W, New Testament Commentary: Matthew, Grand Rapids,1973.

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