The name of Jesus is just one of His many signatures. However, this is the name that the angel told Mary to name her future son, who had not yet been conceived in her. Hers was an unnatural conception. She was a virgin – but was chosen by God to carry the Savior of all mankind within her own body. What an honor! The Holy Spirit – God Himself – would come upon her and conceive the child like none other had been conceived. The name, Jesus, literally means “rescuer or savior.” That is exactly what Jesus is. In times of trouble, we can call on his beautiful name and know that He will carry our burdens. In times of loss or grief, we can depend on His strong arms surrounding us with unconditional love. When relationships fail, when we find ourselves in insurmountable situations, we can trust that the name of Jesus will always rescue us.
There are many today who carry the name of Jesus, but there is only One true Jesus. The one who saved all of us from death and damnation. He alone is our Savior. As we think of a helpless infant snuggled in His mother’s arms, it’s hard to imagine Him as a king. As we see Him grow into a man without any sin, we often wonder what was so different about Him. When we see Him hailed by the crowds one week and crucified by the same group a few days later, this doesn’t look like our champion. When His body hung lifelessly on the cross, even His disciples were confused. When three days later He returned to life, He became magnified like none other. The name of Jesus is such a powerful name. One that changed the world.