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20 As he was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
In a dream, an angel told Joseph to believe Mary and to proceed with the marriage plans. Joseph found himself, unexpectedly, in a story much bigger than just one couple’s marriage. The angel said to name the child “Jesus” (the Greek form of the Hebrew “Joshua,” which meant “Yahweh is salvation”). Many Hebrews wanted salvation from the occupying Roman army. But the angel didn’t mention the Romans. This child, he said, would save people from humanity’s greatest enemy: sin.
Today’s Insights was chapter 11, “He Will Save His People From Their Sins,” from The Journey: A Season of Reflections, by Adam Hamilton. Copyright © 2011 by Abingdon Press, and available on our website for 24 hours by permission of Abingdon Press. If you’d like to buy the entire book of reflections, you can click here for a direct link to the Cokesbury sale page, as well as other Journey resources.
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Lord Jesus, though I sometimes forget it, I need a savior. Thank you for coming to be that savior. Redeem my inner and outer way of life from sin, that I may walk daily in your light. Amen.
* N. T. Wright, Matthew for Everyone: Part 1. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002, p. 8.
** Joel B. Green and Scot McKnight, The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992, p. 63.
*** “It Wasn’t His Child” – songwriter: Skip Ewing, Lyrics © SUSSMAN & ASSOCIATES. You can watch Mr. Ewing sing the song by clicking here.