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Jesus Saves His People From Their Sins!

December 3, 2015

Nativity

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Wednesday of Advent I                                     Trinity Lutheran Church

2 December 2015                                                Murdock, NE

 

+Jesu Juva +

 

Matthew 1:18-25

 

Behold, what God does to save sinners like you! What God does to forgive you! It’s amazing. Incredible. It’s good news FOR YOU!

 

God is God FOR YOU as He takes on your flesh and blood. God is God FOR YOU as the eternally begotten Son of the Father rents a room in a girl’s womb and is born of that same girl, the Virgin Mary. Therefore, one of the Baby’s names is “Immanuel.” Isaiah prophesied it. “Behold the virgin will conceive and bear a son and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).”

 

Baby Immanuel is virgin born. This is important. It means that the Baby has a mother but no earthly father. Remember, Joseph and Mary are only engaged to be married. There’s been no wedding and honeymoon yet. Baby Immanuel is conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. So, since He is virgin-born without a human father the Baby is without the inherited sin of Adam. Stanza two of the first hymn tonight confessed this biblical truth:

 

Not by human flesh and blood

By the Spirit of our God

Was the Word of God made flesh

Woman’s offspring pure and fresh (#332:2).

 

He is the Sinless Substitute. He is the Unblemished Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

 

That’s why one of His other names is “Jesus.” The name Jesus literally means, “the Lord is salvation.” Jesus is the Lord. Jesus is salvation. FOR SINNERS. FOR YOU.

 

Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled: “She will bear a son and you shall call his name Jesus for he will save his people from their sins.”  So, let me ask you a very important question. What is the proper use of Jesus then? Or to put it another way, how does Jesus want you to use Him?

 

Here’s how. Listen carefully. Use Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins! Use the Good Friday divine Blood of Immanuel-Jesus shed on the cross to cleanse you from all sin. Sins that you commit. Sins that are committed against you. That’s using Jesus for salvation. After all, the forgiveness of sins is salvation. Salvation is the forgiveness of sins. This is why “the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.” He was born to die. To die on the cross. Bearing and answering for all your sin.

 

Jesus won total and complete forgiveness/salvation for you on the cross. Salvation is the Lord’s doing. That is why He cried out: “It is finished” from the cross. Nothing more needed to be done to achieve or win salvation for sinners.

 

Now Immanuel-Jesus sees to it that this forgiveness/salvation gets delivered, bestowed or given to you. He does that by speaking His Good Friday Word of forgiveness in the preaching of the gospel, in the water of baptism, the spoken word of absolution and the bread/Body and wine/Blood of the Lord’s Supper.

 

Immanuel-Jesus gives precisely what He promises in Word of the gospel. Check it out. Here’s how it works. And this to is to have good use of Immanuel-Jesus.

 

To be baptized in God’s Name is to not only be baptized by God Himself, but it also means that with His Name Jesus gives you the Good Friday salvation He won on the cross. “Be baptized every one of you,” Peter preached in Acts 2, “for the forgiveness of your sins.” That’s the Good Friday forgiveness of Jesus. Speaking of Jesus, He promises in Mark 16:16, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.”

 

There’s more. When you hear, “I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” in the divine service on Sunday you are forgiven. Why? Because Jesus says so. Those forgiveness words are His forgiveness words. Gospel words doing and giving what they say.

 

When you hear, “this is my Body given for you; this cup is the new testament in My blood for the forgiveness of sins,” Jesus is still Immanuel, God with us, giving you exactly what He promises, the forgiveness of sins – SALVATION. Those are His words. He is there with His words. He gives and does what He says! FOR YOU. For your benefit. For your salvation.

 

As you believe so you have! And that’s what Jesus wants from you: F-A-I-T-H!

 

Trusting only in Jesus. After all, His name is Jesus because He “saves [you] his people from their sins.”

 

In the Name of Jesus.

 

 

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