“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, 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 1:18 – 21)
Nine months before Jesus took on our injured flesh, the angel Gabriel told Joseph, “You are to give Him the name Jesus for He will save His people from their sins.” Do you realize this was the very first time our Savior’s name was spoken since the beginning of time? Jesus will always offer us what we need most and, more than anything, we need to be saved from our sin. Jesus didn’t cross the expanse of the universe simply to tell us some good stories and be known as an amazing teacher. He didn’t “breathe our air and walk our sod” in order to build our self-esteem. He didn’t take up residence on this earth for 30-plus years to give us a list of rules to follow. Jesus came to do what only He could possibly do … save us from our sin.