I have been a Christian for over 25 years and have read through the Bible multiple times. I was reading different Christmas texts before the holiday just meditating on them when I came to Matthew 1:21. I have read this verse multiple times and even memorized it in school and college. As I was reading these various texts I was thinking about them pastorally (even though I am not currently serving as a pastor) and wondering what I would do if I was tasked with preaching during the Christmas season.
As I came to Matthew 1:21, this text really grabbed me and I have been thinking about it for several days and the profound truths that are contained in this short verse that might be very familiar to many people. Forgive me in advance if this is not homiletically correct or logical, sometimes it helps me to write/type things out to get them from my brain into written form to be read and meditated upon for future study. I may not have covered every facet of the text, but rather I am expressing what I have been meditating upon these last several days.
Matthew 1:21 (NKJV)
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.
“And she will bring forth a Son” – this refers to the fundamental truth of the virgin birth. A truth that some have a lot of trouble accepting and believing, while others believing this truth by faith. This is a foundational truth to the Christian faith.
“and you shall call His name Jesus” – Jesus, the name that was appointed by God. Joseph and Mary did not have a choice in this matter. This is a divine name and a name of power (See Acts 4:12; Acts 5:31; Luke 2:21; Philippians 2:9-11).
“for He will save His people from their sins” - For indicates the beginning of the purpose clause. The divine purpose for which God the Son came to the earth in the form of human flesh. Jesus Christ did not come to bring political reform to the Roman Empire, although some wished that He had. He came to bring life, abundant life See John 1 and John 10. “He will save” - the life-giving act of the sacrifice of the Son of God for the sins of the world (See John 3:16; 1 Cor 15:2; Acts 4:12). ”From their sins” - it is a universal fact that man is a sinner and this stems from the fact that Adam sinned and that sin has passed down to all generations (See Romans 3:10, 23; 5:8; 6:23) with only one exception – Jesus Christ who was born of a virgin, was born with no sin. Mankind is hopelessly depraved and lost in sin without Christ. If you have children, you will definitely see and experience the doctrine of total depravity ! The Gospel is the solution to the problem and ever-present fact of sin. No one else or nothing else can save me from my sins except the substitutionary atoning death of Christ and His bodily resurrection!
Christ came for a single purpose that was expressed in many different ways. He came to save His people from their sins.
Have you ever put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ? Jesus said in Mark 1:15 “Repent and believe the Gospel” Has there ever been a time where you have done that? For me, I was converted in 1987 at the age of 17. Share your testimony of salvation in the comments.