It is Christmas again and a wonderful time to meditate on the birth of Jesus. Usually, while reading the Bible we skip the chapters and verses that are familiar to us. And I believe that the following verse is also a familiar one: And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). However, I want to bring your attention to the second part of verse 21 – you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.
The name Jesus means Savior and it is clearly explained by an angel of the Lord as “He will save His people from their sins.” Beloved, it was our sins that brought Jesus into this world as a man. From the first man Adam to every single person alive now, all sinned and death passed on to every man (Romans 5:12). In order to rescue man from the clutches of death, which is the wages of sin (Romans 6:23), Jesus took our place and died for us although He knew no sin (1 Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15).
Beloved, Jesus came to SAVE us from our sins. He did not come just to forgive, but to SAVE. He did not come just to clean up your past records of sin, but to enable you overcome sin and keep your present and future clean. He came to save: to take you and me out of sin. He does not want us to live in sin.
Sin grieves God. Sin brings the wrath of God no matter who you are, for God is not a God of partiality. If it took Adam one sin to lose his relationship with God, it is the same for us today. But God does not want sin to master us. He does not want us to be in the hands of the devil. He wants us to have victory over sin in our own life. He wants us to grow having the authority of Jesus (Galatians 4:1-3) so that we will have life.
Apostle John writes in 1 John 2:1-2, “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”
He first says, “these things I write to you, so that you may not sin.” Notice the words “that you may not sin.” Secondly he says, “if anyone sins, we have an Advocate.” To be practical, consider our court of law. To stand guilty in a court with an advocate is a very shameful thing, isn’t it? We have seen criminals cover their faces in front of media because of shame that their wickedness is exposed. To sin and ask forgiveness again and again is a very shameful thing indeed. This doesn’t mean that you must not ask forgiveness but with sincere repentance. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:34, “Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.”
Beloved, if you love God, stop sinning. Grow in the true knowledge and grace of God. Ask God to strengthen you to overcome sin. Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually (Psalm 105:4). This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him (2 Timothy 2:11). Beloved notice Paul says “if” we die with Him, we shall live with Him.Let it be our aim to die with Jesus so that, we may also “live” with Him. But what does it mean to die with Jesus? Paul says in Rom 6:10, “For the death that He died, He died to sin..”
Let sin be far away so that we may inherit the promises of God. For this is the purpose of God becoming man – to save His people from their sins.