Matthew 1:20-21 A name

sleeping“…behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21). 

As an angel unveils what God has done, Joseph discovers he’s right in the middle of it. God’s plan includes him. He is to marry Mary, name her son and be his father. Just a few moments before, Joseph was ready to walk away. Not so fast, Joseph! You’ve got an important role. You’re the connection with David. You’ve got a wife to take care of. You get to name the Savior.

Suddenly, God gets a human name. No longer just Lord or Yahweh, but Jesus. Not just an adjective, like Almighty or Eternal, but a real handle. Jesus comes from from the Hebrew Yeshua or Joshua, which means deliverance or rescue. It’s appropriate. Later Jesus would explain that he had come to seek and save the lost, just as his given name implies. How about that — the divine became human, with a name, a family, and a vocation.

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