Today we continue with Waiting for the King, An Advent Devotional, a free resource by Matthew J. Cochran. You can easily access this series by signing up to his mailing list (Available here). It really is a wonderful resource that I would encourage you to take advantage of.
Matthew 1:21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.
Why Jesus? What does it mean to name the child Jesus? Of all the things the Savior of the world could have been named…Jesus…
The Hebrew name from which Jesus derived is Yeshua, or as we would know it, Joshua. Yes, Jesus was a popular name and the Messiah was one of many. This is even more puzzling as to why He would be given a name that didn’t stand out, that is until you realize what the name means in the original language. Yeshua means “salvation”, and this should be no surprise in light of Matthew 1:21. The child promised to Mary was to be named salvation because He would save His people from their sins. Fitting.
But consider the other Joshua’s of the Bible. Joshua, son of Nun was the leader who delivered the people of Israel into the promised land. He won many military campaigns in the land of Canaan and was considered a godly man. He was, for all intents and purposes, a savior for God’s people. Joshua was salvation. Maybe not as glorious in battle, but also used by God, was the high priest of the book of Ezra. Jeshua helped to rebuild the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem after God’s people returned from exile to their home land. He rebuilt the temple to reconnect the people with God. He made a way for them to seek after God.
And Jesus of Nazareth is the name above all names. The name bestowed upon Him is the one at which every knee will bow, on heaven and on earth, and under the earth. It’s HIS name at which demons tremble and it’s HIS name that every tongue will confess. He, Jesus Christ, is Lord of all. He is salvation.