“Jesus is a very encouraging name to heavy-laden sinners”

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21)

Here are some comforting words by J.C. Ryle commenting on the name of “Jesus” given to Christ at his birth in Matthew 1:21:

“The name Jesus means “Saviour.” It is the same name as Joshua in the Old Testament. It is given our Lord because 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. Jesus is a very encouraging name to heavy-laden sinners

He who is King of kings and Lord of lords might lawfully have taken some more high-sounding title. But He does not do so. The rulers of this world have often called themselves Great, Conquerors, Bold, Magnificent, and the like. The Son of God is content to call Himself Saviour. The souls which desire salvation may draw nigh to the Father with boldness, and have access with confidence through Christ. It is His office and his delight to show mercy. “God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:17).

Jesus is a name, which is peculiarly sweet and precious to believers. It has often done them good, when the favour of kings and princes would have been heard of with unconcern. It has given them what money cannot buy, even inward peace. It has eased their wearied consciences, and given them rest to their heavy hearts. The Song of Solomon speaks the experience of many, when it says, “thy name is as ointment poured forth” (Cant. 1:3). Happy is that person, who trusts not merely in vague notions of God’s mercy and goodness, but in “Jesus.”

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