“Jesus” is the name which was given to the One whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. Jesus is the New Testament or Greek equivalent of the Old Testament Hebrew name, “Joshua” which means the LORD saves. After the angel informed Joseph that Mary was with child of the Holy Spirit, he said to him, “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Jesus’ saving work would take place some 33 years later when He died on the cross for our sins. He arose from the tomb on the third day and is now seated in heaven at the right hand of God the Father awaiting the time of His second advent. Until He comes, He offers eternal life as a gift to all who believe in Him as their Savior and Lord!
Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:10-11).