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You shall call his name JESUS

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Expectant parents often spend hours agonising over the name they will give their baby. They may wonder, "Will baby be a boy or a girl?" or "Should we go for a traditional or modern sounding name?" Some parents decide well in advance the name they will give the baby, others wait until after the birth before finally making up their minds.

All these agonising decisions were taken out of the hands of Jesus' parents. Their baby was named for them by an angel. Joseph was engaged to be married to Mary. He became aware that she was pregnant, and he was not the father. Joseph was about to break off the engagement when the angel of the Lord appeared to him saying,

Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for what is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will being forth a Son and you shall call his name JESUS, for he will save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:20 & 21.)

The name JESUS means "The Lord saves". He is "Immanuel", meaning "God with us". God came to be with us as a human baby to save us from our sins. "Sin" is not a very popular word these days. But unless we can see the seriousness of sin, we will never understand the reason why Jesus came into the world. Sin is rebellion against God. We sin when we live for ourselves rather than for our Maker. The Bible tells us that, sin leads to death and God's judgement.

The good news is that JESUS was born to save us from our sins. He is able to save us because he took the punishment that we deserve when he died on the cross. "Christ died for our sins" (1 Corinthians 15:3). This Christmas time, do not forget the reason for the season. To quote the angel of the Lord once more,

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11.)

Is JESUS your Saviour? Believe in the Son of God who was born a baby, died on a cross and rose again to rescue us from sin.