Dec 14 – Jesus

♪ Come, Lord Jesus ♪ ♪ Come and take Your people home ♪ – The next name of Jesus we come to is the name Jesus itself. From Matthew 1, “Mary
will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his
people from their sins.” The name in Hebrew was Yehoshua, Yeshua. It means “the Lord, Yahweh, is salvation.” The Greek version of the
new testament, Iesous. The Latin, much like it, Iesus, from that we get our English, Jesus. My understanding was that it was a fairly common name. A form of Joshua, really. Many boys had the name. And I suppose every boy
that was given that name, “the Lord is salvation,” gave the parents an
opportunity to think back. To think back to when the Lord had delivered Noah
and his family in the Ark. Or to think back to when the Lord had rescued his people from
slavery and death in Egypt. The blood of the Passover lamb’s still fresh on their door posts. Or to when another Joshua led God’s people to victory over victory, all victories given to
them by the Lord as they entered the promise land. But the best thing about looking back at the salvation the Lord had given, was that it also pointed
people’s eyes forward to another salvation the
Lord was yet to bring about. A special king, an
anointed one was to come and the salvation, the
rescue he would bring would be even greater. This time, the Lord would
be rescuing his people not from slavery and extinction in Egypt, though it’s hard to think of
things much worse than that. No, this would be a threat, that maybe people didn’t see as a threat. Something that is really
at the root of all evil and brokenness in the whole world. Here’s what God had said to his people seven centuries before Jesus birth, “But your iniquities have
separated you from your God, your sins have hidden his face from you, so he will not hear. For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken falsely, and your tongue mutters wicked things.” It’s the same thing that we
need to be rescued from, sin. Pastor Peil said a few days ago that there’s something
repulsive to human beings about admitting that we need to be saved. But as hard as it can be to admit that we have sinned against
God and need to be rescued from our sins and, and
their damning consequences, there’s something
beautiful on the other side of confessing our sin. It’s the beauty of God’s grace. Advent is an excellent
time to confess sin, and then look to the one whose name is “the Lord is Salvation.” The one, who himself will save
his people from their sins. It is beautiful to see, in a new light, the magnitude of the rescue, that this babe in the manger, has brought about our sins,
everything we’ve done wrong, they will not determine our future. Jesus determines our future. He became our sin and so set us free from its condemnation. And we’re not doomed to
live a life right now being pushed around by sin. No, Jesus has given us new life. He has rescued us from that old life and set us free to walk
in newness of life. A life enveloped by God’s grace. So many boys had been given that name, “the Lord is salvation,” but it fit none of them better than it fit this one born of Mary, because he himself will save
his people from their sins. He did. And so this name
Jesus means everything to us. We pray, “Jesus, name of wondrous love, human name of God above, pleading only this, we too flee, oh God, in faith to you. Amen.” ♪ Come and take Your people home ♪ ♪ Come and take Your people home ♪

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