The Birth Announcement of Jesus, Pt. 1

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.  And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. 

Luke 1:30-31

In this passage, the angel Gabriel is telling the virgin Mary about the Son that she is going to have.  He tells her a few things about this son, which we will look at over the next few days.

The first thing that he tells her is that she is going to have a Son and that she is going to name Him “Jesus.”  I’m sure she was excited to hear that she would have a Son, but I wonder if she understood that this would be no ordinary Son.  This would be the Son of God.  The name in itself is also significant.  In the Bible, names had a greater significance than they do now and many times, names were given by the Lord because of the meaning of the name.  It was no different in the case of Jesus.

The name Jesus is a Hebrew name meaning “The Lord is Salvation.”  You could not get a more fitting or more perfect name for this baby than “the Lord is salvation.”  Think about our Saviour for a minute and just how fitting that name is: He is the Lord and He is our salvation, all in One.  Mary, being obedient, of course named the baby Jesus as she was instructed to do.

His name was perfect and He was perfect.  He would be the Lord’s salvation.  He was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  And His name would be Jesus.  The very Son of God would come to Earth to become the salvation of the world.  And His name was Jesus.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Oh I loved this and it makes me want to write a little worship poem! 🙂 Thank you, Ben, and God bless you!


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