“He will save his people from their sins.”

The above words were spoken by an angel of the Lord to Joseph concerning Mary, his betrothed. Here is the full context from Matthew 1:18-21:

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.

And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.

But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Emphasis mine)

Those 7 emphasized words,he will save his people from their sins” perfectly describe the reason Christ came to this earth. If you are reading this, you might be asking yourself (and me) “What else is new?” After all, we who profess Christ know that Jesus died so that we who believe might have eternal life (John 3:16). Jesus was crucified to make our salvation possible.

But is that all there is to this short passage? Is there a deeper meaning to these few words? Let’s break it down and see.

“He will save. . .”

This is the Christ child’s great business in this world. It is He who will save and He alone. This is an emphatic statement. He WILL save, not just make salvation possible. He will save perfectly and completely. Those whom Jesus grants eternal life will never perish (John 10:28). Jesus is God and God cannot fail in any of his purposes.

“He will save his people. . .”

Who are his people? In the first instance they are lost sheep of Israel. In the second instance, they are sheep not of the house of Israel that Jesus claimed were his. (John 10:16).

What are some characteristics of his sheep?

1. They are the ‘believing ones’ of John 3:16 – all those who believe Christ suffered the just punishment and wrath of God for their sins.

2. They were those chosen in Him before the foundation of the world, chosen from the beginning for salvation and appointed unto salvation. (Eph 1; 2 Thess 2:13; Acts 13:48)

3. They are those given as a precious love gift to the Son and who will come to the Son when the Son calls them, never to be cast out (John 6:37, 38).

4. They are those who are unable to come to Christ on their own, but are drawn by the Father to the Son and whom the Son will raise up on the last day (John 6:44, 66).

5. They are those in whom God has begun a work and will bring it to completion (Phil 1:6; Rom 8:29, 30).

“He will save his people from their sins.”

This refers not only to the sins fallen men commit, but also the taint of what is called ‘original’ sin, the sin we are born with as a result of the of the sin of Adam, in whom we all sinned (Rom 5:12), and which makes us ‘by nature’ children of wrath (Eph 2).

This my friends, is why Christ came to this earth – to save his people from their sins. All the rest of what we do during the Christmas season pales in comparison.

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Categories: Christianity

4 replies

  1. WRONG,…. HIS PEOPLE IS ISRAEL AND ONLY PART OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL WAS AROUND IN THE HOLY CITY WHILE JESUS WAS LIVING AND TEACHING
    IT WAS THE NORTHEN TRIBE THAT WAS NOT THERE THAT JESUS WAS REFERENCING HERE AS OTHER SHEEP BECAUSE HIS MISSION WAS TO BRING BACK TOGETHER THE WHOLE HOUSE OF ISREAL AND TO MAKE THE TWO ONE AGAIN.

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  2. Mr./Ms. Anonymous, The passage itself calls into question your hermeneutical skills. It says absolutely nothing about the split kingdom of Israelites, or any other earthly kingdom. It says he will save a people (his people) from their sins. Methinks you have been listening to some very ‘interesting’ teaching. Salvation from sin is the message of the gospel. The gospel is offered freely to all, and those who receive it and believe it are ‘His’ people.

    If you anonymity doesn’t prevent you from being more forthright in the defense of your position, please do so. Also, if you are not a coward, you will not remain anonymous. Perhaps it’s not a case of cowardice. I would rather believe you have doubts concerning the ridiculous position you espoused.

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    • Hi Dan, I think that Mr./Ms Anonymous is unto something and you might want to pay attention. Jesus came to fulfill the law, Who was under the law (Israel, not the Gentiles). Why were they under the law? (Sin). He tried to persuade them to believe but most did not and still do not but the Gentiles believed quick.

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      • Coachie, ALL Re under the law of sin and death. His people are all who believe, not just Jews/Hebrews. See Rom 12:1-2, John 10:16, John 17:20 for starters. Here is a good commentary concerning ‘His people’:

        His people – Those whom the Father has given to him. The Jews were called the people of God because he had chosen them to himself, and regarded them as His special and beloved people, separate from all the nations of the earth. Christians are called the people of Christ because it was the purpose of the Father to give them to him Isa_53:11; Joh_6:37; and because in due time he came to redeem them to himself, Tit_2:14; 1Pe_1:2. – Barnes

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