Sermon 1434. Jesus!
DELIVERED ON LORD'S-DAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 15 1878,
BY C.H. SPURGEON,
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON.
"And she shall bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21.
BERNARD has delightfully said that the name of Jesus is honey in the mouth, melody in the ear and joy in the heart. I rejoicein that expression on my own account, for it gives me my share of the delight and leads me to hope that while I am speaking,the sweetness of the precious name of Jesus may fill my own mouth. Here, also, is a portion for you who are listening-it ismelody in the ears! If my voice should be harsh and my words discordant, you will yet have music of the choicest order, forthe name itself is essential melody and my whole sermon will ring with its silver note! May both speaker and hearer join inthe third word of Bernard's sentence and may we all find it to be joy in our hearts, a jubilee within our souls! Jesus isthe Way to God, therefore will we preach Him! He is the Truth, therefore will we hear of Him! He is the Life, therefore shallour hearts rejoice in Him! So inexpressibly fragrant is the name of Jesus that it imparts a delicious perfume to everythingwhich comes in connection with it.
Our thoughts will turn, this morning, to the first use of the name in connection with our Lord, when the Child who was yetto be born was named Jesus. Here we find everything suggestive of comfort. The person to whom that name was first revealedwas Joseph, a carpenter, a humble man, a working man, unknown and undistinguished except by the justice of his character.To the artisan of Nazareth was this name first imparted! It is not, therefore, a title to be monopolized by the ears of princes,sages, priests, warriors or men of wealth-it is a name to be made a household word among common people! He is the people'sChrist, for of old it was said of Him, "I have exalted One chosen out of the people." Let every carpenter and every workerof every sort rejoice with all other sorts of men in the name of Jesus!
There is consolation in the messenger who made known that name to Joseph, for it was the angel of the Lord who, in the visionsof the night, whispered that charming name into his ear and, henceforth, angels are in league with men and gather to one standard,moved by the same watchword as ourselves-the name of Jesus! Did God send the name by an angel and did the angel delight tocome with it? Then is there a bond of sympathy between us and angelic spirits and we are come, this day, not only "to thegeneral assembly and church of the firstborn," but "to an innumerable company of angels," by whom that name is regarded withreverent love!
Nor is the condition of Joseph, when he heard this name, altogether without instruction. The angel spoke to him in a dream-thatname is so soft and sweet that it breaks no man's rest but rather yields an unrivalled peace-the peace of God! With such adream, Joseph's sleep was more blessed than his waking. The name has evermore this power, for, to those who know it, it unveilsa glory brighter than dreams have ever imaged! Under its power young men see visions and old men dream dreams-and these donot mock them, but are prophecies faithful and true! The name of Jesus brings before our minds a vision of Glory in the latterdays when Jesus shall reign from pole to pole-and yet another vision of Glory unutterable when His people shall be with Himwhere He is!
The name of Jesus was sweet at the first because of the words with which it was accompanied-for they were meant to removeperplexity from Joseph's mind and some of them ran thus-"Fear not." Truly, no name can banish fear like the name of Jesus!It is the beginning of hope and the end of despair! Let but the sinner hear of "the Savior" and he forgets to die! He hopesto live! He rises out of the deadly lethargy of his hopelessness and, looking upward, he sees a reconciled God and no longerfears. Especially, Brothers and Sisters, this name is full of rare delights when we meditate upon the infinite preciousnessof the Person to whom it was assigned. Ah, here is a Jonathan's wood dripping with honey
from every bough and he that tastes it shall have his eyes enlightened! We have no common Savior, for neither earth nor Heavencould produce His equal!
At the time when the name was given, His full Person had not been seen by mortal eyes, for He lay as yet concealed. But soonHe came forth, having been born of Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit! A matchless Man, He bears our nature, but not ourcorruption! He was made in the likeness of sinful flesh, but yet in His flesh there is no sin! This Holy One is the Son ofGod and yet He is the Son of man! This surpassing excellence of Nature makes His name most precious! I shall ask the exerciseof your patience while I consider seven things in reference to this transporting name. It is as ointment poured forth andits scent is varied so as to contain the essence of all fragrances. These seven things will be seen very plainly by you ifyou continue to look at the text and its connection.
I. First, we shall remark that THE NAME OF JESUS IS A NAME DIVINELY ORDERED AND EXPOUNDED. According to the text, the angelbrought a message from the Lord and said, "You shall call His name Jesus." It is a name which, like He who bears it, has comedown from Heaven. Our Lord has other names of office and relationship, but this is specially and peculiarly His own personalname and it is the Father who has thus named Him. Rest assured, therefore, that it is the best name that He could bear!
God would not have given Him a name of secondary value, or about which there would be a trace of dishonor. The name is thehighest, brightest and noblest of names-it is the glory of our Lord to be a Savior. To the best that was ever born of woman,God has given the best name that any son of man could bear. JESUS is the most appropriate name that our Lord could receive.Of this we are quite certain, for the Father knew all about Him and could name Him well. He knows much more about the LordChrist than all saints and angels put together, for, "No man knows the Son but the
To perfection the Father knew Him and He names Him Jesus. We may be sure, then, that our Lord is, most of all, a Savior andis best described by that term. God, the Father, who knows Him best, sees this to be His grand characteristic, that He isa Savior and is best represented by the name, "Jesus." Since infinite wisdom has selected it, we may be sure that it is aname which must be true and must be verified by facts of no mean order. God, who cannot be mistaken, calls Him Jesus, a Saviorand, therefore, Jesus, a Savior He must be upon a grand scale-continually, abundantly and in a most apparent manner! Neitherwill God refuse to accept the work which He has done, since by the gift of that name He has commissioned Him to save sinners.When we plead the name of Jesus before God, we bring Him back His own Word and appeal to Him by His own act and deed.
Is not the name of Jesus to be viewed with reverential delight by each one of us when we remember from where it came? He isnot a Savior of our own setting up, but God the everlasting Father has set Him forth for our Deliverer and Savior, saying,"You shall call His name Jesus." It is a name which the Holy Spirit explains, for He tells us the reason for the name of Jesus-"ForHe shall save His people from their sins." "Savior" is the meaning of the name, but it has a fuller sense hidden within, forin its Hebrew form it means, "the salvation of the Lord," or, "the Lord of salvation," or "the Savior." The angel interpretsit, "He shall save," and the word for, "He," is very emphatic.
According to many scholars, the Divine name, the incommunicable title of the Most High is contained in "Joshua," the Hebrewform of Jesus, so that in full the word means, "Jehovah Savior," and in brief it signifies, "Savior." It is given to our Lordbecause "He saves"-not according to any temporary and common salvation, from enemies and troubles- but He saves from spiritualenemies and specially from sins. Joshua of old was a savior, Gideon was a savior, David was a savior-but the title is givento our Lord above all others because He is a Savior in a sense in which no one else is or can be-He saves His people fromtheir sins!
The Jews were looking for a Savior-they expected one who would break the Roman yoke and save them from being under bondageto a foreign power! But our Divine Lord came not for such a purpose. He came to be a Savior of a more spiritual sort and tobreak quite another yoke by saving His people from their sins. The word, "save," is very rich in meaning-its full and exactforce can hardly be given in English words. Jesus is salvation in the sense of deliverance and also in that of preservation.He gives health. He is all that is salutary to His people. In the fullest and broadest sense He saves His people.
The original word means to preserve, to keep, to protect from danger and to secure. The grandest meanings generally dwellin the shortest words and in this case the word, "save," is a well where the plummet is long in finding a
bottom! Jesus brings a great salvation, or as Paul says, "so great salvation," as if he felt that he could never estimateits greatness (Heb. 2:3). He also speaks of it as, "eternal salvation" (Heb. 5:9), even as Isaiah said, "Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation." Glorious beyond measure is thename, "Jesus," as it is Divinely expounded to us, for by that very exposition the eternal God guarantees the success of theSavior!
He declares that He shall save His people and save His people He must. God Himself sets Him forth to us as-
"Jesus, Savior, Son of God, Bearer of the sinner's load."
Thus we have a name, dear Friends, which we have not to explain for ourselves. As we did not choose it, so we are not leftto expound it-God who gave the text has preached us the sermon! He who appointed the name has given us the reason for it,so that we are not left in ignorance or uncertainty. We might have said, "Yes, His name is Jesus, but it refers to a salvationwhich was worked in the olden ages." But no, the Word of the Lord tells us, "You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall saveHis people from their sins"-and this is for all time since He always has a people and these people always need to be savedfrom their sins! Let us be glad that we have such a Savior and that the name of Jesus retains all the sweetness and powerit ever had and shall retain it till all the chosen people are saved-and then forever and ever.
Moreover, in addition to expounding this name, the Holy Spirit, by the Evangelist Matthew, has been pleased to refer us tothe synonym of it and so to give us its meaning by comparison. Let me read you the next verses. "Now all this was done thatit might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the Prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with Child and shallbring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." If, when our Lord wasborn and named, "Jesus," the old prophecy which said that He should be called Emmanuel was fulfilled, it follows that thename, "Jesus," bears a signification tantamount to that of "Emmanuel" and that its virtual meaning is "God with us."
Indeed, Brothers and Sisters, He is Jesus, the Savior, because He is Emmanuel, God with us! And as soon as He was born andso became Emmanuel, the Incarnate God, He became by that very fact, Jesus, the Savior! By coming down from Heaven into thisearth and taking upon Himself our Nature, He bridged the otherwise bridgeless gulf between God and man! By suffering in thathuman Nature and imparting, through His Divine Nature, an infinite efficacy to those sufferings, He removed that which wouldhave destroyed us and brought us everlasting life and salvation! O Jesus, dearest of all names in earth or in Heaven, I loveYour music all the better because it is in such sweet harmony with another which rings melodiously in my ears, the name Emmanuel,God with us! Our Savior is God and therefore able! He is God with us and therefore pitiful! He is Divine and therefore infinitelywise! But He is human and therefore full of compassion!
This, then, is our first head-this charming name of Jesus is a jewel from the casket of Heaven. It comes to us as an appleof gold and it is attended by an exposition which places it in a basket of silver! The name is precious as the golden MercySeat and over it burns the light of the Divine Glory, so that we may not stumble at it, but may rejoice in the great light!It lets us know the very heart of God in reference to His Son-why He sent Him; what He meant Him to be and to do-and in whatmanner He would glorify Him. Salvation is the joyful sound which rings from the bells of our High Priest's garment as He comesforth to bless us! God, who spoke to our fathers by His Prophets, now speaks to us by His Son whose name is Salvation! Isthere not a mint of joy in this?
II. Secondly, although this name was thus chosen by God, OUR LORD WAS ACTUALLY CALLED BY THE
NAME OF JESUS BY MAN. To this I call your special notice. "She (Mary) shall bring forth a son and you (Joseph) shall callHis name Jesus." The God of Heaven by His angel appoints the child's name, but His reputed father must announce it! Both Josephand Mary, according to the Divine command, united in calling the child by the appointed name. See, then, that the name whichis chosen of God is fully accepted by instructed men. Those who are taught of God joyfully recognize that Christ is salvationand without a question give Him the well-beloved name of Jesus, the Savior.
Here note that the name Jesus, Savior, was given to our Lord by two simple hearts as soon as ever He was revealed to them.They only needed to be told who He was and why He came, how He was born and what was the object of His Incarnation and theyat once accepted the Divine message and named the Baby by the name of Jesus. And, Brethren, all of us to whom Christ is revealedat all, call Him Jesus the Savior! Many there are who think they know our Lord, but since
they only speak of Him as a Prophet, a Teacher, or a Leader and care not for Him as a Savior, we are clear that they are inignorance as to His chief Character.
His first name, His personal name they know not. The Holy Spirit cannot have revealed Christ to any man if that man remainsignorant of His saving power! He who does not know Him as Jesus, the Savior, does not know Him at all! Certain anti-ChristianChristians are craftily extolling Christ that they may smite Jesus-I mean that they cry up Jesus as Messiah, sent of God,to exhibit a grand example and supply a pure code of morals, but they cannot endure Jesus as a Savior, redeeming us by Hisblood and by His death delivering us from sin! I am not sure that they follow His example of holy living, but they are veryloud in extolling it and all with the purpose of drawing off men's thoughts from the chief Character and main object of ourLord's sojourn among us, namely, the deliverance of His people from sin! If men knew our Lord they would call Him Jesus, theSavior, and regard Him not merely as a good Man, a great Teacher, a noble Exemplar, but as the Savior of sinners!
Now, Joseph and Mary not only believed, so as to give the young Child the name in their own minds, but in due time they tookHim up to the Temple and presented Him according to the Law and there publicly His name was called Jesus. All hearts to whomGod commits His Christ should publicly acknowledge Him in the most solemn manner according to His ordinance and should desirein all proper places to confess Him as the Savior. The Infant Christ was committed to the care of Joseph and Mary to nurseand protect. Wonder of wonders, that HE should need a guardian, who is the Preserver of men and the Shepherd of His saints!In His feebleness as a Baby He needed parental care and in caring for Him, Joseph and Mary did not hesitate to avow theirfaith by giving Him a name which indicated His destiny! Nor did they refuse to declare His name in the Temple before the priestsand the congregation.
Now, in a certain sense Christ is committed to the keeping of all His people. This day we have a charge to keep-we are topreserve His Gospel in the world, to maintain His Truth and to publish His salvation and, therefore, we are bound to bearthis testimony, that He is Jesus, the Savior of sinners! This we must make very prominent. Others shall say what they pleaseabout Him and if they speak well of His Character in any respect we will be glad that they shall do it, however little theymay know. But this is our peculiar testimony, that our Lord saves from sin! Nothing is more prominent about a man than hisname-we can hardly mention him without pronouncing his name-and so we feel that we cannot mention our Lord without speakingof salvation! If He is anything, He is Jesus, the Savior!
We know Him best by that name! We preach unto men Jesus! We insist upon it first and foremost that He is the sinner's Savior!He is righteous and loves righteousness, but He is first known to men as the Friend of sinners. He is the faithful and trueWitness, the Prince of the kings of the earth-but His first work is to save! After that He teaches and rules His saved ones.Sunken in sin, men need to be redeemed from that tremendous evil and the consequent wrath-and this awful need is met by Jesus,the Savior! So, Beloved, you see that the name chosen of God is given to Him by all those who know Him and to whom His Gospelis entrusted. And it is given heartily, zealously and boldly! Yes, all of us call Him Jesus if we know Him and we are resolvedto publish His name abroad as long as we live!
If He was Jesus in the cradle, what is He now that He is exalted in the heavens? As Emmanuel, God with us, His very Incarnationmade Him Jesus, the Savior of men! But what shall I say of Him, now that beyond His Incarnation we have His Atonement? Andabove His Atonement His Resurrection? And beyond that His Ascension and, to crown all, His perpetual intercession? How grandlydoes the title befit Him, now that He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He always livesto make intercession for them!
If in the arms of the Virgin He is the Savior, what is He on the Throne of God? If wrapped in swaddling bands He is Jesus,what is He now that the heavens have received Him? If in the workshop of Nazareth and sitting in the Temple among the doctors,He was the Child Jesus, the Savior, what is He now that His Infancy and Childhood are over and He is exalted far above allprincipalities and powers? If He was Jesus when on the Cross, presenting Himself as an offering for His people, what is Henow that He has, by one Sacrifice, perfected forever them that are set apart? What is He now that He sits at the right handof God, waiting till His enemies are made His footstool?
Let us all unite in calling our Lord by this tender human name of Jesus! Are we not His mother and sister and brother? DidHe not call all Believers by these endearing titles? Then we, too, will call Him Jesus-"Jesus, name all names above! Jesusbest and nearest! Jesus, fount of perfect love, holiest, most tender, dearest! Jesus, source of Divine Grace completed! Jesusholiest, sweetest! Jesus, Savior all Divine, Yours the name, and only Yours!
III. THE NAME HAD BEEN TYPICALLY WORN BY ANOTHER, BUT IS NOW RESERVED FOR HIM
ALONE. There had been a Jesus before our Jesus. I allude to Joshua and you know that in our version the name Jesus is twiceused where Joshua is really meant. The first is Acts 7:4, 5, where we read of the fathers who entered in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, evidently meaning Joshua. Andthe second in Hebrews 4:8, "If Jesus had given them rest." Joshua is the Hebrew form and Jesus the Greek form, but Jesus and Joshua are the same word.
There was one, then, of old, who bore this famous name of Jesus, or Joshua, and was a type of our Jesus. What did Joshua do?When Moses could not lead the people into Canaan, Joshua did it. And so our Jesus accomplishes what the Law never could havedone! Joshua overcame the enemies of God's people. Though they were very many and very strong and had cities walled to Heavenand chariots of iron, yet in the name of Jehovah, as captain of the Lord's host, Joshua smote them! Even so does our gloriousJoshua smite our sins and all the powers of darkness! And He utterly destroys our spiritual enemies. Before Joshua, Amalekis smitten, Jericho falls and Canaanites are put to rout-while Jesus gives us triumphs in every place!
Moreover, Joshua conquered an inheritance for Israel, took them across the Jordan, settled them in a land that flowed withmilk and honey and gave to each tribe and to each man to stand in his lot which God had ordained for him. Precisely this iswhat our Jesus does, only our inheritance is more Divine and on each one of us it is more surely entailed. Though Joshua couldnot give to the people the heavenly Sabbatismos, or rest of the highest kind, yet he gave them rest most pleasant to them,so that every man sat under his own vine and fig tree, none making him afraid. But our glorious Joshua has given us infinite,eternal rest, for He is our peace and they that know Him have entered into rest!
Joshua, the son of Nun, caused the people to serve the Lord all his days, but he could not save the nation from their sins,for after his death they grievously went astray. Our Joshua reserves to Himself a people zealous for good works, for He alwayslives and is able to keep them from falling. No more does Joshua lift sword or spear on behalf of Israel, but Jesus stillrides forth, conquering and to conquer-and all His people have victory through His blood! Well is His name called Jesus! Weread of another Jesus in the books of Ezra and Zechariah. The form which the word there takes is Jeshua or Joshua. He wasthe high priest who came at the head of the people on their return from Babylon. He is spoken of by the Prophet Zechariahin terms which make him a fit representative of each of us. But, behold, Jesus of Nazareth is now the only High Priest-andhaving presented His one Sacrifice forever, He remains a Priest according to the power of an endless life! He heads the marchfrom Babylon and He leads His people back to Jerusalem!
The name of Jesus was not at all uncommon among the Jews. Josephus mentions no less than 12 persons of the name of Jesus.Salvation of a certain kind was so longed for by the Jews that their eagerness was seen in their children's names. Their littleones were by their hopes named as saviors, but saviors they were not! How common are nominal saviors! "Lo here," they say,"here is a savior!" "Lo, there," they cry, "another savior!" These have the name but not the power and now, according to thetext, Jesus Christ has engrossed the title for Himself! His name shall be called Jesus, for He, alone, is a Prince and a Saviorand truly saves His people from their sins!
Other saviors do but mock the hopes of mankind-they promise fairly, but they utterly deceive! This holy Child, this blessed,glorious God With Us, has truly brought us salvation and He says, "Look unto Me and be you saved, all you ends of the earth,for I am God, and beside Me there is none else." This Jesus of Nazareth, the King of kings, is the one and only Savior! He,and none but He, shall save His people! He shall save by His own act and deed-He and not another! Singly and alone He shallsave His people! Personally, and not by another! In His name and on His behalf He shall, by Himself, purge away sin!
He shall do all the work and leave none undone-He shall begin it, carry it on and complete it-and therefore is His name calledJesus because He shall completely and perfectly save His people from their sins! The name has been, in a minor sense, appliedto others, but now none else may wear it since there is no other Savior and none other name given under Heaven among men wherebywe must be saved.
IV. The fourth point grows out of the wording of the text. THIS NAME JESUS IDENTIFIES OUR LORD WITH HIS PEOPLE. "You shallcall His name Jesus," for that name declares His relation to His people. It is to them that He is a Savior. He would not beJesus if He had not a people! He could not be, for there could be no Savior if there were none to save! And there could beno Savior from sin if there were no sinners. Notice, dear Friends, the all-important
connection here revealed between our Lord and His people since His very name hangs on it-His proper, personal name has nomeaning apart from His people. "He shall save His people."
It does not say God's people, for then it would have been understood as meaning only the Jews, or it would have been supposedto refer to some good and holy persons who belonged to God, apart from the Mediator. No, but, "He shall save His people"-thosewho are His own and personally belong to Him! These are evidently a very peculiar people, a people set apart as Christ's owntreasure. They are a people that belong to God Incarnate-Emmanuel's people. These He saves. Who are they but His elect, whomHis Father gave Him before the earth was? Who are they but those whose names are engraved on the palms of His hands and writtenon His heart? Who are they but those for whom He counted down the price of redemption? Who are they but those for whom Hebecame a Surety, whose smart He has borne? Who are they but the numbered sheep that will be required at His hands by the greatFather, that He should render them back by count and number, saying, "I have kept those whom You have given Me, for they areYours"?
Yes, the Lord knows them that are His and He preserves them unto His eternal kingdom and Glory. "He shall save His people."Do you not see that this name of Jesus is an election name, after all? It is a wide, far-reaching name to sinners dear, tosinners given-but still in the depths of its meaning it has a special bearing upon a chosen people-it has a ring of sovereigntyabout it and is all the sweeter because of this to those who see in their own salvation an exhibition of distinguishing Grace.
Now the question arises, who are His people? We are eager to know who they are and we are glad to find that His people, bethey who they may, need to be saved and shall be saved, for it is written, "He shall save His people." It is not said, "Heshall reward His people for their righteousness." Nor is it promised that He shall, "save them from becoming sinners," but,"He shall save His people from their sins." Do you need saving, Brothers and Sisters? Has the Holy Spirit taught you thatyou need salvation? Let your hearts be encouraged! This is the character of all His people-He never had a chosen one who coulddo without washing in the Savior's blood! If you are righteous in yourself, you are not one of His people! If you were neversick in soul, you are none of the folk that the Great Physician has come to heal!
If you were never guilty of sin, you are none of those whom He has come to deliver from sin. Jesus comes on no needless errandand undertakes no unnecessary work-if you feel yourselves to need saving, then cast yourselves upon Him-for such as you areHe came to save! Notice, yet again, the very gracious but startling fact that our Lord's connection with His people lies inthe direction of their sins. This is amazing condescension! He is called Savior in connection with His people, but it is inreference to their sins, because it is from their sins that they need to be saved! If they had never sinned they would neverhave required a Savior-and there would have been no name of Jesus known on earth! That is a wonderful text-did you ever meditateupon it?-"Who gave Himself for our sins according to the Scriptures."
As Martin Luther says, He never gave Himself for our righteousness, but He did give Himself for our sins! Sin is a horribleevil, a deadly poison, yet it is this which gives Jesus His title when He overcomes it. What a wonder to think upon! The firstlink between my soul and Christ is not my goodness, but my badness! It is not my merit, but my misery! It is not my standing,but my falling! It is not my riches, but my need. He comes to visit His people, yet not to admire their beauties, but to removetheir deformities! He comes not to reward their virtues, but to forgive their sins!
O you sinners! I mean real sinners-not you that call yourselves so because you are told you are such-but you who feel yourselvesto be guilty before God, here is good news for you! O you self-condemned sinners who feel that if you ever get salvation,Jesus must bring it to you and be the beginning and the end of it, I pray you rejoice in this dear, this precious, this blessedname, for Jesus has come to save you, even YOU! Go to Him as sinners! Call Him, "Jesus," and cry, "O Lord Jesus, be Jesusto me, for I need Your salvation!" Doubt not that He will fulfill His own name and exhibit His power in you! Only confessto Him your sin and He will save you from it! Only believe in Him and He will be your salvation!
V. The fifth point is very clear and well worthy of note. THE NAME OF "JESUS" IS ONE WHICH INDICATES HIS MAIN WORK. "You shallcall His name Jesus, for He shall save." He shall save from sin. Why do men write lives of Christ who know nothing about Hismain business and objective? Why do some preach about Christ who do not know the very essence and heart of Him? Think of knowingMilton, but not as a poet, and Bacon, but not as a philosopher!
There is no knowing our Lord, if He is not known as a Savior, for He is that or nothing! Those who fall short of His salvationdo not even know His name! How, then, should they know Him?
His name is not called Jesus because He is our Exemplar though, indeed, He is Perfection, itself, and we long to walk in Hisfootsteps. But His name is called Jesus because He has come to save that which is lost! He is Christ, too, or The Anointed,but then He is Christ Jesus, that is to say, it is as a Savior that He is anointed! He is nothing if He is not a Savior! Heis anointed to this very end. His very name is a sham if He does not save His people from their sins! Now, Jesus does saveHis people from sin for, first, He does it by taking all the sins of His people upon Himself. Do you think that is a strongexpression? It is warranted by the Scriptures. "The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all." Christ's shoulders borethe guilt of His people and because He took their load, His people are free and have henceforth no burden of sin to weighthem down.
He saves His people through His personal Substitution-by standing in their stead and suffering in their place. There is noother way of salvation but by His vicarious sufferings and death! Then He saves them by bearing the penalty due to their sin.Where the sin lies, the penalty falls. "The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed." "Hewas made a curse for us." "Christ also has suffered for us." He died, "the Just for the unjust, to bring us to God." He borethe wrath of God which was due to us. He has taken the sin and paid the penalty-and now liars come in and falsely say thatwe teach that a man is to believe the dogma of Atonement and then he is saved and may live as he likes!
They know better! They know that they misrepresent us, for we always teach that this great work of Substitution and penalty-bearingby Christ works in the person who partakes in its benefits, love to God, gratitude to Christ and consequent hatred of allsin! And this change of heart is the very core and essence of salvation! This is how Christ saves His people from their sin-byrescuing them, by the force of His love-out of the power, tyranny and dominion of sins which before then had the mastery overthem. I knew what it was to strive against sin as a moral person, seeking to overcome it. But I found myself mastered by sin,like Samson when his hair was lost, and the Philistines bound him. But since I have believed in Jesus, I find motives forbeing holy which are more influential with me than any I knew before! I find weapons with which to fight my sin that I neverknew how to handle before and a new strength has been given me by the Holy Spirit.
"This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith." This is the power which drives out the vipers of sin fromthe soul-the precious blood of Jesus! He that has believed in Jesus as his expiation and atonement becomes, thereby, throughthe power of the Holy Spirit, renewed in heart! He has fresh objects set before him; fresh motives sway him-and thus Jesussaves His people from their sins! Beloved, if we had space at this time, I should like to speak about how completely Christsaves His people from their sins-how when He comes in He turns out the strong man armed with mighty force! How that strongarmed man seeks to come back again and does, as far as he can, gain a partial entrance, but Jesus drives him out again! Howall the damage and foulness that were left within the house by the old tenant are gradually cleared away by Jesus, till atlast His people are fully sanctified as temples of the living God.
His saints shall be without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing-and no sign that the devil ever dwelt within them shall remainupon them! Viewing each one of their risen bodies as a temple of God, you shall search those bodies through and not find atrace of the dominion of sin! You shall look into the heart, into the mind, into the understanding-but when Jesus has doneHis purging work there shall be no scar or speck to show that sin was ever there! So completely shall He save His people fromtheir sins that they shall be fit to dwell with angels! Better-they shall be fit to dwell with God! May I say better thanthat? They shall be one with Jesus, one with Him throughout eternity! The fullness of Him that fills all in all. How glorious,how transcendent is the salvation which Jehovah Jesus has brought to us!
VI. This NAME OF JESUS IS ONE WHICH IS COMPLETELY JUSTIFIED BY FACTS. It was given Him before
He had done anything. While yet He was a Baby, or before His trembling feet had learned to tread the cottage floor at Nazareth,He was Jesus the Savior! But is the name well deserved? Many a child has had a grand name and his life has contradicted it.I remember a grave on which there is the name of a child, "Sacred to the memory of Methuselah Coney, who died aged six months."His parents were mightily mistaken when they called him Methuselah!
Many other names are equally inappropriate and are proved to be so in the course of years. But this Jesus is a Savior, a trueJesus! He bears a name which He well deserves. Come to the Christ and see, there, the many that once rioted in sin
and rolled in the mire-they are washed! They are sanctified and now they rejoice in holiness! Who purified them? Who but Jesus?He that saves His people from their sins has saved them! Go to deathbeds and hear saints telling of His love and speakingof the Heaven which is already dawning in their souls! Some of these once could sit on the ale-bench and use the swearer'soath, but Jesus has cleansed them!
Climb up to Heaven and behold the snow-white host, glittering like the sun in spotless purity. I ask them from where theycame? The reply is that they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb! It is most true that Jesussaves His people from their sins-the earth knows it, Hell howls at it and Heaven chants it! Time has seen it and eternityshall reveal it! There is none like Jesus in saving power! All glory be to Him! He shall come from Heaven with a shout andall His hosts shall be with Him. The day of the supper of the Lamb shall come and the bride has made herself ready. And shethat is the queen all glorious within, wearing her raiment of worked gold shall sit down at the table of God with her gloriousHusband-then shall it be seen that He has saved His Church, His people, from their sins!
VII. Last of all, THIS NAME IS CHRIST'S PERSONAL NAME FOREVER. It is a home name. It is the name His Father gave Him! It isthe name His mother gave Him-Jesus, the Child Jesus. We also belong to His family for he that believes in Him is His father,mother, sister and brother-and that most dear and familiar name by which He was known at home is always in our mouths! Heis the Lord and we worship Him! But He is Jesus and we love Him! Jesus is also the heart name and is full of the music oflove. They who loved Him best gave Him the name, especially His mother, who pondered everything about Him in her heart. Itis the name which moves our affections and fires our souls-
"Jesus, the very thought of you With sweetness fills my breast."
Let your hearts go out towards Him in tender union. Jesus is His death name-"Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews," was writtenon His Cross. That is His resurrection name. That is His Gospel name which we preach. It is the name which Peter preachedto the Gentiles when he said, "This is Jesus of Nazareth by whom is preached to you the remission of sins." And this, Beloved,is His Heaven name! They sing to Him there as Jesus! See how it concludes the Bible. Read Revelation! Read its songs and seehow they worship Jesus, the Lamb of God! Let us go and tell of this name! Let us continually meditate upon it! Let us loveit from this day and forever! Amen.