Call his name Jesus

Matthew 1_20-21

Revised and re-posted from a year ago, this blog entry in keeping with the message of the season, looks at the Verse of the Day for December 17, 2015:

Matthew 1:20-21 (AMP):

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a Son, and you shall name Him Jesus (The Lord is salvation), for He will save His people from their sins.”

This passage brings to mind three songs that focus on the name given to “the little biddy baby, born, born, born in Bethlehem.” Lara Landon offers a version of one of the popular Christmas songs, as she asks, “What You Gonna Name that Pretty Little Baby?”:

Another song of worship calls to our attention “Jesus, Name above All Names”:

After Joseph learns that Mary is pregnant before they came together as husband and wife, he is considering divorcing her privately. The angel of the Lord, Gabriel, appears to him in a dream and makes prophetic declarations expressed in the future tense: Mary shall bring forth a son.

Joseph shall call his name Jesus, no other name given under heaven whereby men must be saved (Acts 4:12)

Jesus shall save his people from their sins, just as his name makes known (Jesus—“the salvation of Yahweh”)

This passage from Matthew is the inspiration for the contemporary Christmas song “Call His Name Jesus” by Philips, Craig and Dean:

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