The Child Of Bethlehem: The Only Saviour Part 3 Biblical Meditation: To read Matthew 1:18-25
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
The prophet Isaiah prophesied the Name of the Only Saviour by the Name of Immanuel “God with us”. In this prophecy, a mystery is hidden in the Name giving. “Behold a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a son”.
Matthew 1:23 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.”
- Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
The mystery of the Only Saviour is still invisible behind the garment of His mother. The mystery of the Child of Bethlehem is revealed through the heavenly Name giving of Jesus by the angel Gabriel. “and thou shalt call him JESUS for he shall save his people from their sins”
With the Name, Jesus – given Him by the Father – Mary’s Child came into this world. The Name Jesus was known before He was born. Not only was the Birth proclaimed, but also drawn. For the Life will be begotten by God’s Holy Spirit and must be declared by the LORD. How would Joseph otherwise have understood the mystery of the motherhood of Mary?
A glad tiding for His guardian father who was under the law. But that does not only apply to the guardian and the mother of the Lord Jesus. That applies to every sinner who will know and love the Name of Mary’s Child. The wonderful Name of Jesus.
The Child in the manger full of grace. The Man of Sorrow nailed our sin to the cross and covered our sin with His Blood.
The wonderful Name of Jesus brings glad tidings and is proclaimed worldwide. Forceful and appealing. Comforting and hopeful. The Name is not thought of by mankind. This Name comes from- and is given by God alone. The Name is not given after but before deliverance. The Name was given ahead of time to ensure the divine guarantee for deliverance. The Saviour came and He is the Guarantee for salvation. The Guarantee is eternally anchored in the Name appointed and praised by the Father.
Joseph had to give the Holy Child the Name Jesus because the Child is the only Saviour. He will surely bring salvation to his people and deliver them from sin.
Like the great Prophet, He proclaims the Name of the Father. As the only High Priest, He shall atone the sin of His people with the Father. And as the Everlasting King, He shall bring His people under the scepter of His grace.
All of the Law shall be fulfilled to the very end. All His Life from the manger to the cross His Name was Jesus.
The cross is visible to the eyes of all, where God inscribed the Name. Here it is, where God reveals the Heavenly Name. And while doing so He crosses off all our Names! Glory to God only.
The Name of Mary’s Child has become heavy under the weight of sin. But the Name also brings a joy banishing all grief and a blessedness beyond measure. Because the Name brings an abundance of grace. The Name is full of power; the power to believe, the power to endure, but also the power to hope, for now, and for the time to come. In life and death God is graceful.
As God’s children the Saviour will always be in our presence.
The posts: the Highest Prophet, the Only High Priest, and the Everlasting King are categorized under “The Gospel of Jesus Christ”.