God Came to Save (3 of 3) by Jonathan McLeod

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God Came to Save (3 of 3)
Series: Unwrapping Christmas
Jonathan McLeod
Matthew 1:18-25, Psalm 130

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


In this series, we’re unwrapping the truth about the birth of Jesus. In John 1, the apostle John writes that Jesus ‘‘was God’’ (v. 1) who ‘‘became flesh’’ (v. 14) and who ‘‘made [God] known’’ (v. 18). In Philippians 2, the apostle Paul states that Jesus ‘‘was in the form of God’’ (v. 6) but ‘‘[took] the form of a servant’’ (v. 7). In Matthew 1, Matthew writes that Jesus is ‘‘Immanuel (which means, God with us)’’ (v. 23). When God came to earth as a baby, he came to save us.

[Read Psalm 130 and Matthew 1:18-25.]


Naming a baby is a big deal!

It’s interesting to look back and see and what the most popular baby names were the year before. In Canada, the top names for baby girls in 2014 were (1) Olivia, (2) Maya/Mia/Mya, (3) Sophia/ Sofia, (4) Emma, and (5) Charlotte. The most popular names for baby boys were (1) Liam, (2) William, (3) Jacob, (4) Lucas/Lukas, and (5) Noah. Every year there are unique baby names. Last year in Alberta, babies were named Bandit, Huckleberry, and Thunderboy.

It’s probably a good thing that the responsibility of naming the baby wasn’t given to Joseph and Mary. Imagine trying to pick a name for a baby conceived ‘‘from the Holy Spirit’’ (Matt. 1:20)!


Joseph was told by the angel to ‘‘call [the baby’s] name Jesus’’ (Matt. 1:21). ‘‘Jesus’’ was a common name in those days. Jesus was often called ‘‘Jesus of Na ...

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