Word for the Day
She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
Pastor Spencer - For Jesus to save us from our sins meant that He had to rescue us from a problem that permeates our very being. Thus, He had to become one of us. He, the eternal Son of the Father, had to become a man. If we had no need for a Savior, we would have no need for Christ’s birth. The purpose of His birth was to save all people from their sins. To save means to rescue or deliver. Our sins separate us from God. Our sins cut us off from everlasting life. Our sins drag us down to hell. When the angel said that Jesus would save His people from their sins, he was saying that sinners need to be saved from their sins. Note the preposition here; He doesn’t save sins; He doesn’t save in sins; He doesn’t save for sins; He saves from sins! That is to say, He takes all sins away! How? He takes all sins upon Himself. His coming was for war - war with sin, death, and hell. His birth was the fulfillment of God’s promise that the Seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent. The holy Child grows to be a Man. No sin ever touches His soul. He is pure and holy. This holy life then goes to battle against all the evil in the world. He set His innocence against our guilt. He, Whose heart, mind, and soul were free from any taint of sin, took upon Himself, into His heart, His mind, and His soul, all sin. Every act of evil, every desire to do evil, all the guilt of all the sin of all the people of the world was imputed to Him, reckoned to Him, assigned to Him. His innocence destroyed our sin. Jesus does not save us from our sins by what He does in us. Jesus saved us from our sins by what He did in Himself. The conflict between good and evil and the triumph of good over evil took place when the innocent, virgin born Son of God confronted in Himself all of the evil of all mankind that was reckoned to Him. Thus, He saved people from their sins - and that means US! Thank You, Jesus!