What the Name of Jesus Means and Why It Matters - Radical

What the Name of Jesus Means and Why It Matters

Jesus is the only One who can save us from our sin and the judgment we deserve. Mark 1:1: “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus….”

Do you know what his name means? It literally means “the Lord saves.” In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ life, God tells Joseph, “You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). There is no one else who can do this. 

Listen really closely here, particularly if you are new to church or not yet a Christian, because this is the “big picture” story of the Bible. We have all been created by God, formed and fashioned by God himself, for a relationship with God. It’s what you were made for. But we have all sinned against God. We have all turned aside from God’s ways to our own ways. It looks different in each one of our lives, but our sin has separated us from God. Now if we die in this state of separation from God, then we will spend eternity separated from God in judgment that we deserve for our sin. 

But the gospel—the good news of the Bible—is that God saves. God has sent Jesus Christ to die on a cross for our sin, to rise from the grave in victory over sin, so that we don’t have to experience the judgment we deserve . . . if we trust in Jesus. There is no one else who can save us from our sin. 

Think about it: you can’t save yourself from your sin. Like Sheila, who I mentioned earlier, no matter how much good you or I might try to do, we can’t cover up the fact that we have sinned against God. Look around you. Who in this world is going to save you from sin when everyone around you is a sinner? Jesus Christ is the only one who can save us from our sin and the judgment we deserve.

–This excerpt is taken from the sermon titled “No One Like Jesus.”

David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.

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