Why Call Him Savior by Rex Yancey

Why Call Him Savior
Rex Yancey
Luke 2:11

Names are important. A lot of thought goes into naming our children because that is the name they will have for the rest of their lives. Ellon and I wanted our children to have biblical names. We named our son, Jeremy, after Jeremiah; and Ruth, after Ruth.

J. D. Grey wrote a book entitled Epitaphs for Eager Preachers. Here are some of his epitaphs. "Here lies Ann Mann; she lived an old maid and died an old man."

-Here lies the bones of Samantha Procter, she got sick and wouldn't call the doctor. Her time had come she had to go, praise God from whom all blessings flow."

So names are important. There are over 700 names for God in the Bible. No one name can contain everything our Lord means to us. But the most familiar name is Jesus. The first and last verse in the NT contains the name Jesus. His name is in the NT over 1000 times.

The OT predicts Jesus, the NT presents Jesus, the epistles proclaim Jesus, and the Revelation praises Jesus.

With over 700 names for God in the Bible, I believe Jesus describes Him best for me. Jesus means "Jehovah is salvation."

1. THE PROMISE OF THE SAVIOR

Luke 2:11 "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord…"

Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace."

Matthew 1:21 "She shall bring forth a Son; Thou shalt call his name Jesus."

After the fall of man, God promised that He would send a redeemer. Genesis 3:15 "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."

1. Jesus is a simple name.

It is not hard to pronounce. It contains five letters that fits every tongue. It was a popular name when Jesus was born. It was a name of p ...


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