Jesus is the English version of the Hebrew word/name Yeshua. Yeshua means “to save.”
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).
One of my favorite parts of the Christmas story takes place sometime after the birth of Jesus. Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the temple to be consecrated to the Lord’s purposes (Luke 2:22-24). While they are there, the very old man, Simeon, led by the Spirit, comes up to Mary and Joseph. He takes Jesus into his arms, and he proclaims:
Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your SALVATION…
He sees Jesus. He sees SALVATION. He sees salvation because he sees a SAVIOR.
And what a Savior!
Jesus the Savior would die for beggars, thieves, and prodigals.
Jesus the Savior would die for hardened criminals and misguided materialists. For antagonistic atheists, curious agnostics, and sophisticated skeptics. For the morally self-righteous and the religiously smug. For seekers and scoffers. For the truly confused and the willfully defiant. For the oppressed and the oppressor. For those who have nothing and those who have it all. In other words…
Because EVERYONE needs to be saved from their sin.
I needed to be saved. I continue to need to be saved. And I will be progressively and one day completely saved from my sins.
Hallelujah, what a Savior, the song says.
I say it as well. I hope you will say it all season long.
Here is one artist’s rendition of Simeon and Jesus.