22 January 2000

"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins"-Matthew 1:21 Three glorious truths were revealed to Joseph from his angelic messenger, three certain "shalls" became wonderful words of comfort. Had mortal man spoken these words, Joseph might have wondered concerning the truth that was revealed concerning his present plight. But the truth from God's messenger set him free from his worries concerning Mary and the Child that was to be. Surely, it must remain a comfort to sinners today who seek comfort from the law that they can not keep, "he shall save his people from their sins." The "shalls" of the angelic messenger will reveal much. It tells us that the thing is certain. God will have His way, He has predetermined the outcome. Satan and all of his forces could not change even one of these glorious truths. Though Herod would be moved to destroy Him; though Pilate would agree to His death; God's decrees will be carried out. A Son would be born; His name would be Jesus; He will save his people. Most will agree to the first two truths. They will agree that Mary brought forth a Son and they will agree that His name is Jesus. But the last of the three truths becomes a stumbling block to the comfort of many souls. Some will say that Jesus made man savable, Jesus did His part and left a portion of the law for man to fulfill. But the angel said "He SHALL save". If we were looking for salvation, should we not look to such a person, One who saves? What hope could the poor and afflicted find in one who makes man savable and leaves a portion of the task to complete? The comfort is found in the success of the Saviour. Many times the trophy does not land in the hands of the best nor is recognition given to those who have rightfully earned it. Let us not rob Christ of His glory. When our days are done and we stand before the "Ancient of days" will we claim a portion of salvation as our own? It is certain that all of the praise, honor and glory will be His and His alone. As one man said, "I did all the sinning. Jesus did all the saving." What is your faith in today? Is it in ceremonies, ordinances or duties? Place all of your trust in His finished works and there leave it. The angelic messenger is specific concerning the heirs of this grace: He shall save "His people". If I were to say, "that is his car; his house; his business" I must mean that those things belong to that individual. "His people" must mean that Jesus came for something that rightfully belonged to Him. Something lost in the fall of Adam would be regained; redeemed; bought back; restored to its rightful owner. They became "His people" long" ago. According to Paul they were "chosen in him(Christ) before the foundation of the world"-Ephesians 1:4. That is how the angel could say, "His people". Finally, the angel declared what He saved "His people" from. He saved them from "their sins". It was sin that expelled Adam and Eve from their beautiful Eden. It was sin that brought enmity between God and man. The poison of sin was poured upon the fountainhead of all of humanity. Sin barred the door to glory for "His people". Therefore, salvation in an eternal sense, must mean that sin was legally put away for "His people". The sins of "His people" were placed upon Him as He hung upon the cross. His blood paid the price that "His people" could not pay. He became the "scape goat". In Isaiah's language: He hath borne our griefs; He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; with His stripes we are healed; He shall see the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied. I believe He did what the angel declared. He saved His people from their sins. Let all the honor, the praise and the glory be his! Come and worship with us at Harmony Primitive Baptist Church, in Donaldson, where God is sovereign, and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Services begin at 10:30 each Sunday morning. By His mercy and grace, Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor