Matthew 1:21 – “He shall save his people from their sins.”
When God created man, he was in an innocent state – not perfect, because sin was not yet in the world – but innocent, because he had not yet been tempted. Then when the temptation came and the woman yielded to the temptation, man made the conscious decision to commit sin. From that moment on, a Saviour was needed, for man then fell “short of the glory of God (Rom 6:23).” God set the beginnings of salvation in motion when He had to judge man for his sin. He placed the curse of God on man and on all His creation. Just as He had promised when He told man “thou shalt surely die,” man became spiritually dead, and a saviour was needed to reconcile him to God. Speaking to the serpent, He made a promise to man that a saviour would indeed come, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel (Gen 3:15).”
From that time on, the sons of man began looking for the Messiah. When Eve delivered a manchild, they were sure that this was the saviour they were promised, so they named him Cain, “Saying I have gotten a manchild from the Lord (Gen 4:1).” But he wasn’t the one promised. He became a murderer. When another son was born, they once again acknowledged their need of a saviour – they named him Seth, which means “a substitute needed.” When God called out Abraham for a chosen people unto himself, He passed to them the knowledge of their need for a saviour. He promised His chosen people in the Abrahamic Covenant that the Messiah would come from the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – and then made the same promise to Moses in the Mosaic Covenant. He gave Moses the Law, summed up in the Decalogue, which established the ceremony and ritual of the Jewish religion. In these ceremonies were hidden pictures, types, and shadows of the eternal Lamb which would one day come.
The prophets then foretold the coming of the true Messiah; the psalmists and poets sang of His advent; the bards of
the imagination of the people to the incarnation of God among men; but the Jewish
religious leaders got tired of waiting for Him.
So they began making their own way – adding to the law of God – burdening
down the people of God with loads too heavy to bear.
But God was not to let this take the place of His plan. He began to bring about the fulfillment of His promise from so long ago. He caused His Son to be born among men – the Lamb of God was now come. “And they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us (Matt 1:23).” He commanded that they “call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins (Matt 1:21).” And in Him was every picture – every type – every shadow – completely fulfilled. He was perfection in person. He was the altogether lovely one of the Canticle. He was God in the flesh – the God man – the Son of God. He is the source of our salvation. He came to die upon a cruel cross and through His blood we are offered the free gift of salvation.
"Lord, Thank you for one day leaving the glory of heaven - for being born in a lowly stable - for putting on the flesh of man - for enduring the trials of humanity - for dying on the cross for my sins. Thank you for salvation. Amen."