21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.
Names are important. Names carry meaning and in many cases names carry expectations. When God was walking with Abram and Sarai from the land of Ur towards the promised land in Genesis 17, the names of his chosen people become a reminder of God’s promise that they carry with them. So, in that very instance when God calls Abram (exalted father) – Abraham (father of a multitude) and Sarai (my princes) -Sarah (mother of nations), God is changing forever the way Abraham and Sarah are living their life, from that moment on every step of the way they are reminded of the promise of God in their life, a promise that will come to life.
When we talk about the names of God, of who God is, the name of Jesus has to be central to our understanding of God. Jesus is the Greek translation of Joshua, THE LORD SAVES. It is our constant reminder that in our life salvation, and help comes from the hand of God, it is not something we work for and try to buy favor. In that name Jesus, we find that God is the Saviour. In God, our lives are redeemed. And when we pray in Jesus name, we are reminded that we come before God not because of our achievements or our deeds but we come in the righteousness that we have in Christ Jesus.
Today I pray that you will know the Redeemer, the One who saves and that you can trust in Him the same way Abraham and Sarah did.