He was to be called Jesus, because He would save His people from their sins. The name and the explanation trip of the tongue in a way that can sometimes bypass our hearts and minds.
This Christmas I was thinking, "How can I at least make people think about the Name and its meaning?" Here's what I came up with:
"Jesus, the One who lives up to His Name".
We are used to people living up to their name in a negative way - "Bernard Madoff - he made off with other people's money", for example.
Jesus is the one who really does live up to His Name. He saves people from the eternal consequences of their sins - judgment and hell. And He saves them from the present consequnces of their sins - guilt and shame. He really is the one who lives up to His Name.
May you know the reality and power of the Name of Jesus during this Christmas season.