Now it may seem to be obvious that J is for Jesus, but I want to consider why he was given that name.
In Biblical times, far more so than now, names had a particular significance. If we read the Scripture, we will discover why many people were called what they were. This is particularly true of Jesus. To again consider the verse we looked at yesterday:
“You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
The name Jesus means “one who saves.” And that is what he came to do. We have thought before about why that is necessary, there was rebellion and turning of people’s backs upon God from the time of Adam. God chose a people who were descended from Abraham, but they were certainly not perfect. Their job was to point back to God, but they only did that at times. Mostly they were rebellious themselves and disobeyed God.
That is why the verse talks about “his people.” There is an element to the mission of Jesus that is to provide salvation for the Israelites. Of course, the heart of God goes far beyond them (and always has), but part of what Jesus, by his life, death and resurrection, came to do was to rescue them.
We can rejoice too, if we are not Jews, that Jesus’ salvation was for us too. We can be “his people” if we put our faith and trust in him.