Confidence in the Work of Christ

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Watering the Tulips

10/19/2011

“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins”  (Matthew 1:21)

In our day, this verse isn’t read very often other than in the month of December. However, there is much comfort in this verse for the believer in Christ. This is not some random statement by some bystander who was merely giving an opinion. This declaration was sent by God to Joseph through His angel. This glorious truth is not a guess. These words are an absolute fact. Therefore, as believers in Christ, we can find much assurance in this passage. First of all, we see the Way in which man can approach God. Jesus is the only “name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Jesus is not a way to God. He is the Way to God (John 14:6). The verse before us today means nothing if any other name is inserted for Jesus. He alone is the proper “Way” to God. He alone is the Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). What is it that Jesus was going to do? He was here commissioned to “save His people”. Our text said “He will” accomplish that. Does this not build up your faith? He did not try to save anybody and fail. He did not make it possible for men to be saved without assurance that they would be. He literally paid the price of redemption for His people and we, as believers in Christ, are saved. There is no doubt in the mind of the angel here because God sent him to declare this message. Surely, there should be no doubt in our mind that Jesus accomplished this. Is this not encouraging to you? Does this not teach you that your faith is not in vain? This ought to give peace to all that are fully trusting in the finished work of Christ alone. Still yet, there is more here. Jesus surely was commissioned to save us. But, what was He saving us from? He saved us from our sins. Surely, there are thousands of things that we will be saved from during our life. But, the subject at hand is much more serious than any of these. Jesus literally bore the penalty for our sins on the cross so that we will not have to. There is no possibility of the believer in Christ paying for his sins eternally since Christ has already made that payment. God does not require a double payment for sins. Child of God, does this passage not give you much comfort? Does it not cause much joy to swell up in your heart? Realizing how much God loves His people gives us reason to rejoice. Even before we were born, Christ came to the Earth and paid for our sins. And, having made this payment, He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30).

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