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Matthew 1:18-25


Suggested further reading: Philippians 2:5-11



The name ‘Jesus’ means Saviour (v.2 1). The special office of our Lord is to save His people from their sins. He saves them from the guilt of sin by washing them in His atoning blood. He saves them from the dominion of sin by putting in their hearts the sanctifying Spirit. He saves them from the presence of sin when He takes them out of this world to rest with Him. He will save them from all the consequences of sin when He shall give them a glorious body at the last day. They are saved from sin for evermore. He who cleaves to sin is not yet saved.


Jesus is very encouraging to heavy-laden sinners. He who is King of kings and Lord of lords might lawfully have taken some more high-sounding title. But He does not do so. The rulers of this world have often called themselves great, conqueror, bold, bagnificent, and the like. The Son of God is content to call Himself Saviour. The souls which desire salvation may draw nigh to the Father with boldness and have access with confidence through Christ (John 3:17).


Jesus is a name which is peculiarly sweet and precious to believers. It has often done them good when the favour of kings and princes would have been heard of with unconcern. It has given them what money cannot buy, even inward peace. It has eased their weary consciences and given rest to their heavy hearts. Happy is that person who trusts not merely in vague notions of God’s mercy and goodness, but in Jesus.


The conduct of Joseph described in these verses is a beautiful example of godly wisdom and tender consideration for others. He saw ‘the appearance of evil’ in his espoused wife. But he did nothing rashly. He waited patiently to have the line of duty made clear.


The patience of Joseph was rewarded. He received a direct message from God upon the subject of his anxiety and was at once relieved from all his fears. How good it is to wait upon God! Who ever cast his cares upon God in hearty prayer and found Him fail? (Prov. 3:6.)







For meditation: The name Jesus is not given to us to make Him an object of glib familiarity, but to fill us with awe at His saving condescension.


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