He Will Save His People From Their Sins
He Will Save His People From Their Sin Matthew 1:21“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23“BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.”
The prophet Isaiah predicted over 700 years before Jesus was born that the child Immanuel was coming. That is to say; God was going to be born and dwell among men (John 1:14), and that a child would be born who is almighty God himself (Isaiah 9:6). The goal of this article is to use several prophecies in the Old Testament all written long before Christ was born to furnish proof that Jesus is indeed the Christ and reveal how he saves his people from their sins. The prophet Daniel predicted the exact year the Messiah would be born 500 years before his birth. Furthermore, he announced that through the Messiah there would indeed be an end of sin, atonement made for iniquity, and everlasting righteousness brought in. How is this possible? The messiah would be “cut off” which is a Hebrew term meaning killed (Dan 9:24-27). The prophet Isaiah predicted 700 years before Christ was born that a servant of Yahweh was coming whom he called “The arm of the Lord”. Who would be pierced through for our transgressions; and that the actual punishment for the well-being of his people would fall upon him (Isaiah 53:5). That the Lord would lay the iniquity of his people upon him, and that he would be led as a lamb to the slaughter (Isaiah 53:5-6). Isaiah goes on to almost quote Daniel by saying the Messiah would be cut off out of the land of the living, due to the transgressions of his people; and that he would have a grave which assumes that he must indeed be dead (Isaiah 53:8-9). He even speaks about the soul of Christ being a guilt offering for our sins (Isaiah 53:10). That by his knowledge he would justify many by bearing their iniquities (Isaiah 53:11). Finally, he says that this servant of Yahweh would pour out his life unto death, bear the sin of many and intercede for the transgressors (Isaiah 53:12).
Notice it does not say justify all, nor does it say the servant would bear the sin of all, but rather the many, because Christ did not die to save all people, he died to save his own people. The question is, who are his people? The chapter begins with the answer when it asks who has believed the message and to whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed (Isaiah 53:1). Those who believe the gospel of Jesus Christ are the ones for whom Christ laid down his life for. Jesus is the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:11). Jesus said my sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27). Jesus is that arm of Yahweh, Jesus is the suffering servant of Isaiah 53, Jesus is indeed the Messiah, Jesus is God, turn to him today and be saved.
Finally, Psalm 118 is estimated to have been written about 1000 years before Jesus was born by king David. This is a messianic prophecy full of divine wisdom regarding the coming savior. Just as Isaiah called the Messiah the “arm of the Lord” the psalmist calls him the “right hand of the Lord” who is exalted. The psalmist speaks of the joy of someone who will never die but live eternally. He speaks of going through gates of righteousness, a specific gate that the righteous enter the presence of the Lord through. He is joyful and thanking God for becoming his salvation, he speaks of a marvelous day the Lord has made that he is rejoicing in. The New Testament clarifies this by explaining that now that Christ has died, and the gospel has gone forth we live in a day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2). Finally, he says that Yahweh is God and that he has given us light (Psalm 118:27). When the Bible speaks of light it does not just mean physical illumination, but rather spiritual wisdom in this case regarding the coming Messiah. The big question then is what is this light? None other than the light of the gospel of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ who is the image of God (2 Cor 4:4). The light that God has given us in the psalm is simply this, “bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar” (Psalm 118:27). Jesus said I am the gate, if anyone enters by me, he will be saved (John 10:9).
We see now why John the Baptist was so excited when he saw Jesus he exclaimed, “Behold, Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). Jesus truly is the perfect sacrifice, the one who can make an end of sins for his people, the one led as a lamb to the slaughter, the one who can offer us eternal life. Truly he will save his people from their sins.
How might you say? By paying their penalty, for the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 6:23). Of whom you might ask? Those who believe upon him only, for if you do not believe that Jesus is God you will die in your sins (John 8:24). So, turn to Jesus today, by turning away from your sins and trusting his work on the cross satisfying the wrath of God on your behalf. Turn away from self-righteousness and trust the Messiah who died to bring in everlasting righteousness. Turn to him and be saved everyone on earth! For he is God and there is no other, a just God and a merciful savior there is none like him (Isaiah 45:21-23). He has declared this from ancient times, thousands of years ago, you can trust him for your salvation, so turn to him today for anyone who comes to him will not be cast out.