The Twelve Days of Christmas ( Day 12)

12 days of Christmas

(Day 12) 12/24/2013  That  night they drove all over town, and nothing was available and most of the people they ran into were being very rude. They were desperate and went Biel Street one of the worst streets in Memphis, to the “Do-Drop- Inn” motel. Where rooms could be rented by the hour. Mary had already started contractions, she was getting nervous. “Matthew 1:21” (To be continued)

Matthew 1:21  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

And she shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Jesus. For though she was with child, it could not be known any otherwise than by prediction or divine revelation, that she should have a son, whose name should be called Jesus. A name of the same signification with Joshua and Hosea, and may be interpreted a “Saviour”, Of this man’s seed has God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: (Act 13:23) for the word “ee-ay-sooce” Jesus, comes from “louō” which signifies to  cleanse “to save.” And to this we understand the reason of the name given by the Angel.

By “his people” whom he is said to save are meant, not all mankind, though they are his by creation and preservation, yet they are not, nor will all be saved by him spiritually and eternally. Nor also the people of the Jews, for though they were his nation, his kinsmen, and so his own people according to the flesh, yet they were not all saved by him; many of them died in their sins, and in the disbelief of him as the Messiah: but by them are meant all the elect of God, whether Jews or Gentiles, who were given to him by his Father, as a peculiar people, and who are made willing in the day of his power upon them, to be saved by him in his own way. And these he saves from “their sins”, from all their sins, original and actual; from secret and open sins; from sins of heart, lip and life; from sins of omission and commission; from all that is in sin, and omission upon it; from the guilt, punishment, and damning power of it, by his sufferings and death; and from the tyrannical government of it by his Spirit and grace; and will at last save them from the being of it, though not in this life, yet hereafter, in the other world, when they shall be without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing. (Gill)

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