God created the world and its people. The first words He said about this is, ‘it is good!’ He was a God who spent time with the first humans, Adam and Eve, they had fellowship together. Until the promise they first had broke and sin entered the picture. Ever since then God has been restoring the relationship with humans back to its rightful place.
In Psalms 100:3 it says,
“Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.”
We are made by God and we belong to Him. Just like when an artist creates a painting, the painting initially belongs to them. Ownership is powerful, and it is something that we don’t value as carefully in the modern world. We are more likely to take what really isn’t ours without thinking about it as much.
In Colossians 1:19-20 it talks about God being pleased with Jesus and that through Jesus He would reconcile to Himself ‘all things’. This would happen through Jesus dying on the cross for our sin. There is no other name where we can be saved but Jesus (Acts 4:12).
Two special aspects about the name given to Jesus are(Matthew 1:21-23):
- ‘Jesus’ means, ‘He will save His people from their sins.’ Also, described as, ‘Jehovah is salvation’.
- Jesus was given the name ‘Immanuel/Emmanuel’, meaning simply, ‘God with us.’
God’s plan to win back His creation started long before Jesus made His ‘appearance’ on earth. God was already prophesying through Isaiah to His people Israel about the plan to bring Jesus, the Messiah. “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”(Isaiah 7:14)
Jesus is the one who has come to take away our sin and to restore us back to being God’s people. God is claiming back what is His, we belong to God. Come to Jesus and in His name be saved!