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“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 

 

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And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 

Mary’s child was more than a child; He would become a “Son.” They would call His name “Jesus,” meaning Savior. His name represents His purpose. “Jesus” is from the Hebrew Jehovah is salvation. Joshua (Jehovah saves) is the Old Testament name for Jesus. “Jesus” is the human name and “Christ” is His official title. The name “Jesus” occurs 150 times in Matthew.

Matthew announced that God would act uniquely and graciously through Jesus. Jesus’ most single role is that of Savior. The word “He” is emphatic, demonstrating that “He and no other” will save people from their sins.

To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, Re 1:5

PRINCIPLE: 

Jesus represented both man and God as a mediator in His humanity and deity.

APPLICATION: 

Jesus had to possess humanity to be the Savior. He was both God and man. He died in His humanity, not His deity. As God, He had eternal life and eternal life cannot die. Immutability cannot give up life.

The Son had to maintain both deity and humanity to maintain His right as mediator between God and man. Man is one party and God the other. Jesus represented both God and man in salvation. It was the physical birth of His humanity that qualified Him to represent man. He was born without a sin capacity and He never committed an act of sin, qualifying Him to die for our sins.

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time… 1 Ti 2:5, 6

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Heb 2:14-15

Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. Heb 10:5

By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. Heb 10:10-14

… who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Pe 2:24

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