Bible Reading: Matthew 1:18-25
“And she shall bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name
Jesus: for He shall save His People from their sins” [Matthew 1:21]
The name Jesus is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew name Jehoshua [see Numbers 13:16]. The angel of the Lord revealed this name separately to both Joseph and Mary [Luke 1:31]. The name Jesus means “God who is salvation.” He is God who saves.
The Name of Jesus is very powerful for those who are His children. My wife, when facing a crisis will often cry out the name of Jesus. Many years ago, driving home as a family from the Lincolnshire coast we met head on with a truck coming around a bend in the road and on our side of the road. Esther screamed out the name of Jesus, and in shock I let go of the steering wheel!
The car veered off the road and up a grassy bank, rolled over twice and finished the right way up where the truck and just passed. The car was written off but we were not – none of us were badly hurt, and Esther’s first words to me were “I have got such peace!” There is power in Jesus’ Name!
The Greek word that we translate as “save” is the word “sozo.” This word means God’s eternal salvation to those who believe on Christ, but it has a much wider meaning. In James 5:14-15 it describes a physical healing or restoration of one’s health. In Romans 5:10 the word “sozo” is used of God’s power to deliver from the bondage of sin.
Jesus is the Saviour who brings us eternal salvation, delivers us from the bondage and power of sin, and restores health to sick. Remember to words of Peter, after a lame beggar at the gate of the temple? Peter said, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk” [Acts 3:6]. In the following chapter Peter says in his defence that it is through the name of Jesus that the man was healed, and that there is no other name by which we can be saved but the name of Jesus.
What does Isaiah 9:6 say about the name of Jesus?
What is your need today? The answer is found in the name of Jesus. Will you call upon Him today?
Why is the name of Jesus so powerful?