Matt 1:21-23 - “You Shall Call His Name Jesus”

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Names today… (some questions)

What do you think of when you hear:
“Publix” - “Where shopping is a pleasure”
“Allstate” - “You’re in good hands”
“Dunkin” - ‘America runs on Dunkin”
McDonalds - “I’m loving it”
Toyota - “Lets go places”
Ford - “Found on road dead”

What do you think of when you hear the name “Jesus?”

Maybe you think of church
Maybe you think of singing and preaching
Maybe its comfort
Maybe it is one of the titles we talked about last week
Wonderful Counselor
Mighty God
Everlasting Father
Prince of Peace
Do you think of a little baby in the manger?
Do you think about the Cross and the resurrection?
The Early Church Father Bernard said:
“The name of Jesus is honey in the mouth, melody in the ear, and joy in the heart”
Charles Spurgeon:
“So inexpressibly fragrant is the name of Jesus that it imparts a delicious perfume to everything which comes in connection with it.”
Read the Text (1:21)
Matthew 1:21 ESV
21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

Now, what do you think of when you hear the name Jesus?

When we hear the name Jesus the first thought should be “Salvation”

Expository Thoughts on Matthew Matthew 1:18–25: The Incarnation and Name of Christ

The name Jesus means “Saviour.” It is the same name as Joshua in the Old Testament. It is given to our Lord because “He saves His people from their sins.” This is His special office. He saves them from the guilt of sin, by washing them in His own atoning blood. He saves them from the dominion of sin, by putting in their hearts the sanctifying Spirit. He saves them from the presence of sin, when He takes them out of this world to rest with Him. He will save them from all the consequences of sin, when He shall give them a glorious body at the last day. Blessed and holy are Christ’s people! From sorrow, cross, and conflict they are not saved. But they are saved from sin for evermore. They are cleansed from guilt by Christ’s blood. They are made meet for heaven by Christ’s Spirit. This is salvation. He who cleaves to sin is not yet saved.

What is Sin?

Romans 3:23 ESV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
That which falls short of the glory of God

How does sin effect our lives?

Sin is the reason death exists in our world
Sin causes broken relationships
Sin breaks our fellowship with God

What is the final penalty for sin?

It is eternal separation from God’s presence to bless in a place called hell.
In hell one only experiences God’s presence to punish - those in hell experience his wrath.

Is there anything that may remedy this relationship and save us from the wrath of God?

The name we are talking about so much today: Jesus
Jesus fixes our relationship with God

How did Jesus save us?

His Active and Passive Obedience

Active Obedience

Christ came and was born as a man from a virgin
He lived as a man
Experiencing everything that you and I do
He can sympathize with us!
He lived a perfect life - following the law perfectly
In following it perfectly he fulfilled it!

Passive Obedience

Christ then died for our sins upon the cross
While on the cross he did not only die but he also boar our sins
They were placed upon his shoulders - and God poured out his wrath on his own Son
He dies as the perfect sacrifice - the pure spotless lamb - the thing that every OT sacrifice pointed to was Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
He then was buried and rose again from the dead

The only one that Save us from our sins: Jesus

Acts 4:12 ESV
12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
John 14:6 ESV
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

We must repent and believe

Romans 10:9 ESV
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Sin is still present today but we look forward to a day where sin’s presence will be completely gone and we will be with Christ.

The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. XXIV (Jesus (No. 1,434))
“The name of Jesus brings before our minds a vision of glory in the latter days when Jesus shall reign from pole to pole, and yet another vision of glory unutterable when his people shall be with him where he is.” - Spurgeon
1 Corinthians 15:50–58 ESV
50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Who He was - Immanuel - God with us - Authority

Matthew 1:22–23 ESV
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

“Spoken by the prophet”

Isaiah 7:14 ESV
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
God accomplished what he promised hundreds of years before!
This is why it was important that Christ be born of a virgin.

God literally with us

John 1:14 ESV
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Christ came and lived as a man!
He tabernacled or literally “pitched his tent” with us
He got on our level!
He came as a humble servant!
This is why he can sympathize for us
This always why Jesus is the answer - he understands us - he gets us

God is still “with us” - the Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 6:19–20 ESV
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Christ for us

Charles Spurgeon said about this Scripture:

The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. XXXVI Immanuel—The Light of Life (Nos. 2,163–4)

The sense is the same as that of Immanuel, or “God with us,” or for us; since God for us is sure to save us. The two names are the same in essential meaning. If God has come to save, then God is with us; if God himself is our salvation, then God is on our side; and if the child born of the virgin be indeed the Lord of glory, then is God our friend. Strong Son of God! Immortal Love! We have not seen thy face; but we can trust thy power, and rest upon thy love. Thy very birth brings hope; but as for thy death, when thou didst bear our sins in thine own body on the tree, this is the fulfilment of all our desires, in the cancelling of sin, the removal of wrath, and the securing of eternal life. Yes, Jesus is God with us.

God would not just save us and leave us by the wayside
In fact he is always with us!
Matthew 28:18–20 ESV
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV
8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Read Psalm 46


The name “Jesus” caries the only hope of salvation
Christ understands our pain
Christ is with us and for us
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