Matt. 1:21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
Today’s verse comes from the angel’s message to Joseph. The angel was telling Joseph that it was okay for him to go ahead with the wedding plans, it was God’s plan for Joseph to take Mary as his wife. Joseph had some huge things to think about. First,he was trying to wrap his head around a virgin birth. Secondly, he was trying to sort out what saving His people from their sins meant. You see, Christ came because of our sins. He came to die to forgive us for our sins but His work only began there. It was saving us from the power of sin that really was the point of the coming of Christ. All of us were born in a state of slavery to sin. The power of the gospel not only forgives but liberates us from the clutches of sin that held us in bondage. Here are some powerful thoughts by John Piper on why Jesus came.
“Two times in 1 John 3:1–10 we are told why Christmas happened—that is, why the eternal, divine Son of God came into the world as human.
In verse 5, John says, “You know that he appeared to take away sins,”
Then in the second part of verse 8, John says, “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” And the specific focus John has in mind when he says “works of the devil” is the sin that the Devil promotes. We see that in the first part of verse 8: “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.” So the works of the Devil that Jesus came to destroy are the works of sin.
So two times John tells us that Christmas happened—the Son of God became human—to take away sin, or to destroy the works of the Devil, namely, sin. Jesus was born of a virgin by the Holy Spirit and “increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man” and was “perfectly obedient and sinless in all his life and ministry, all the way to the point of death, even death on a cross”—in order to destroy the woks of the devil – to take away sin.”
So shout the angel’s message from the rooftops. We are saved from the power of sin. We were once held by sin’s power but not anymore, Christ has set us free. This Christmas we will magnify the name of Jesus because He has saved us from our sins.