Letters to the Family of God

by Joe Franzone | December 9, 2021 | Pastor's Blog

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December 9, 2021

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, He was named Jesus, the name the angel had given Him before He was conceived.  

Luke 2:21

Most popular names given in 2019
Most popular names given in 2019

Dear Friends,


I have never been to a gender reveal party, but I think it would be fun to experience. I also think it might be an efficient occasion because of the inevitable question when a family reveals, we are having a baby, is, are you having a girl or a boy? Usually followed by, have you chosen a name?


People are creative in the way they choose names. Some want to honor family members; others have aspirations for their child’s future and want their name to somehow express that hope. However, can you imagine the conversation Mary might have had when asked about Jesus’s name?


So why did you call him Jesus? Did you and Joseph like the name? Was it in the family?


Their answer would be,


We gave Him the name Jesus because God sent a messenger to tell us that must be His name. We knew His name before He was even conceived.


Jesus’ name means savior. Jesus’ name means He came to rescue. It’s why He came to earth and took on human flesh. Christmas is about a rescue. Christianity is a rescue religion. Jesus came to save lost people, terribly needy people. The Angel gave Him that name before He was conceived so that no one would be uncertain about that.


Augustine, in his book, The City of God, has a portion of the book in which he writes a long list of the miseries of living as sinners in a world under sin. Then he writes,


There is no escape from this life other than through the grace of Christ our savior God and Lord. The very name Jesus shows this, for it means savior; And what He saves us from most of all is a life after this one which is more miserable still: and eternal life which is more like death than life.


Jesus’s name means Savior. Every time you say the name Jesus to your friends, to yourself, to your family, or others, remind yourself of this.

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

In a believer's ear

It soothes our sorrows, heals these wounds,

and drives away our fear


It makes the wounded spirit whole

And calms the troubled breast

'Tis manna to the hungry soul, and to the weary, rest


Dear Name! The Rock on which we build

Our shield and hiding-place

Our never-failing treasury, filled

With boundless stores of grace


Jesus, shepherd, guardian, friend

My Prophet, Priest, and King

My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End

Accept the praise I bring


Weak the effort of my heart

How cold, my warmest thought

But when I see You as You are

I'll praise You as I ought


 John Newton 1725-1807

The very best Christmas to you. In Jesus’ name.

Pastor Joe