by Richard Laue

Richard Laue
Matthew 1:18-23

"Call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins."

The Old Testament rabbis named six whose names were given before birth: Isaac. Ishmael, Moses. Solomon. Josiah, and the name of the Messiah.

Prior to His birth, the angel of the Lord said, "Call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins." This means Jesus is the Messiah. In Isaiah 7:14 the prophet said, "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.' So we see another name centuries before the Messiah was born, but the name fits Him.

Two names were given the Messiah before He was born:

1. Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.
2. Immanuel, which translated means "God with us."

Tonight and tomorrow morning we will deal with these two names. Tonight, we consider Jesus; in the morning, Immanuel.

Jesus is the Greek form of Jehovah; a contraction of Jehoshuah in Hebrew meaning "Jehovah is our salvation." Jesus is another Joshua to lead the people of God into Heaven, as Joshua led Israel into the Promised Land, which God prepared for them.

Matthew reveals that He came for three reasons: To call us, to save us, and to serve us.


Matthew 9:13 ... "But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."

Notice who He calls; not the good people, the righteous, but sinners. Who does God call? Sinners, only sinners. If you are a sinner, He is calling you.

Matthew 11:28-30 ... "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

This is a divine invitation. If you are weary, heavy laden, you may come, because He is calli ...

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