Luke 1:30-31 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with GodAnd, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

The naming of a baby is a happy time. My middle girl, Karla, has twins girls who are two months old. I remember before they were born, how her and her husband bought baby books trying to finds names beginning with the letter “K”. In the end, they named them , Kendal and Katelyn. The naming of a child is important for the child will carry that name the rest of their life. Some say it will have an effect upon their life.

I heard a joke about a man whose name was William Stinks. He went to a judge to get his name changed. The judge said to the man, “I don’t blame you wanting to change that name. What do you want to change it to?” The man, replied, “Bill Stinks”. The angel told Joseph in Matthew 1, to name the baby born to Mary, “Jesus”. There are many name and titles given to Him in the Bible, but the most used is the name, Jesus.


Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

1-The name of Jesus is just a simple five letter word, and in His day was a very common name.

2-When I think of His name as being a simple or common name, it reminds me of his lowness or humility on earth.

3-He is the king of Glory leaving His throne in heaven and coming into this evil world as a servant among mankind. He was not born in a palace, but in a stable.

4-Suppose the Queen of England would denounce her throne and go the slums of London and become a scrub woman for the poorest family there. You would say, what humility! But that is nothing compared to the downward step that Jesus took that night He was born into this world.

5-In the early 19th century, a war-weary world was anxiously watching the march of Napoleon. All the while babies were being born. In 1809, midway between the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo, William E. Gladstone was born in Liverpool; Alfred Lord Tennyson in Summersby, England; Oliver Wendell Holmes in Boston; Felix Mendelssohn in Hamburg, Germany; and Abraham Lincoln in Hodgenville, Kentucky. People's minds were occupied with battles, not babies. Yet 175 years later, is there the slightest doubt about the greater contribution to history -- those battles or those babies?

So it was with the birth of Jesus. The Bethlehem crowds had no inkling that the infinite Son of God was asleep in their little town. Only a few shepherds came to see Him, and they left glorifying God. 1


John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

1-A person can call upon their goodness, and there will be no salvation. They can call upon their charitable gifts , and there will be no salvation. They can even call upon their religious rituals, and there will be no salvation. It is only when a person will call upon the name of Jesus will they be saved.

2-In the 1849, at the gold rush in California, a preacher came not for gold, but the salvation of souls. He would stand on a barrel and shout, “I got good news”. Men would come running and say, what is it? He would reply, the good news is Jesus Loves you and wants to save you from your sins. 2

3-A woman in India had learned that she was a sinner and that God is holy and cannot overlook sin. She often said, "I need some great prince to stand between my soul and God. Eventually she heard that the Bible contains the account of a Savior who had died for sinners, so she asked a pundit to read the Bible to her. He began at the first chapter of Matthew, and as he read the list of names in the genealogy of Christ, the woman thought, "What a wonderful prince this Jesus must be to have such a long line of ancestors." And when the pundit read, "Thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins" (Matt. 1:21), the woman exclaimed, "This is the prince I want! This is the prince I want! The Prince who is also a Saviour!" 3


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