Call His Name Jesus

David Bast

READ : Matthew 1:21
Acts 4:1-12

“You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua, meaning “The Lord [Yahweh] saves.” Jesus is the Savior. That is why he came—not just to be an example, or to teach; not to show God’s love in merely a general way, but to save.

Jesus is the only Savior. In the ancient world most people believed that the heavens were populated by a whole host of spirits that barred the way to salvation. The only way to get past them was to acquire the secret knowledge of their names, and the passwords that could open the countless gates those spiritual forces guarded. Imagine how it must have felt to hear the news that there was only one name you needed to know in order to be saved—Jesus (Acts 4:12). That really was gospel, “good news”!

Today the challenge is different. Most people don’t believe there are many roadblocks on the way to heaven—they tend to think there aren’t any at all. People assume that everybody will be saved by calling on any name they choose, or even without calling at all. We need to proclaim the truth that Jesus is the only Savior, and the only way to be saved is to believe in him.

His name says it all.


Jesus, Savior, I trust in you.