CALL HIS NAME JESUS
Matt. 1:20-21 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Joseph found himself in quite a predicament. His fiancé was pregnant, the only thing Joseph knew, he wasn’t the father. To make matters worse all Mary could say was something about an angel, and the baby she would have would be a king. How could Joseph believe a story like that, he would be the laughing stock. That’s when things really got weird, an angel came to Joseph in his dream and said to go ahead with the wedding. The angel said something else, he said “you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” What could that mean? How could anyone save us from our sins?
Thankfully, Joseph soldiered on. He took the angel at his word. The rest is history, or better yet, His STORY.
The thing that was the most interesting about what the angel said, the name Jesus is closely connected to to salvation in both the Hebrew and Greek language. The very name Jesus is describing His work. He is the Savior of mankind. Scofield has an interesting definition of the word save in his comments in his study Bible. This is some of what he had to say.
“The Hebrew and Greek words for salvation imply the ideas of deliverance, safety, preservation, healing and soundness. Salvation is like the great inclusive word of the gospel, gathering into itself all the redemptive acts and processes: as justification, redemption, forgiveness, sanctification, and glorification.”
I love that, Jesus came to save me from my sins. That takes on a whole new meaning in light of Scofield’s definition. Jesus came to save us from material and temporal danger. He came to give us spiritual and eternal salvation. He came to bring us into a present experience of God’s power to deliver from the bondage of sin. Jesus came to provide healing for our physical bodies. He also came to give us future deliverance at His Second Coming.
Joseph had no idea of the ramifications that would follow the birth of his “adopted Son”. He had no idea of the stir He would cause in His lifetime, not to mention His death, resurrection, ascension to the right hand of God. Joseph couldn’t know about the resulting outpouring of the Spirit, the incredible harvest in Jerusalem, Judea, and now, the uttermost parts of the earth. Joseph was just taking it one day at a time just like all of us. Who knows the ramifications of our obedience to heavenly instruction. If an angel shows up in your dream tonight, don’t shrug him off. Listen carefully and follow instructions. You never know how great the consequences may be.