“… for he will save his people from their sins.”
Jesus means ‘Yahweh the Saviour’. Israel needed a Saviour – not from Rome but from her own rebellious heart. She, like all of us, needed saved, from her ‘sins’. Yahweh had always promised that he would be her Saviour. Indeed, he was her only Saviour, a fact proved from her youth in Egypt.
Hos 13:4 (ESV)
But I am the Lord your God from the land of Egypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no Saviour. (Cf. Isa 43:11)
Yahweh was, ‘the hope of Israel, its Saviour in time of trouble’ (Jer 14:8). He was, ‘The Holy One, your Saviour’ (Isa 43:3). He is ‘a righteous God and Saviour and there is none beside him’ (Isa 45:21).
He himself would save… yet he would save by sending a Saviour
Isa 19:20 (ESV)
… When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a Saviour and Defender, and deliver them.
That Yahweh personally saves yet saves through the ‘sent one’ finds resolution in Jesus, Messiah, the one who is Immanuel, God with Us.
How this Saviour and Deliverer will save begins to unfold throughout the gospel. It involves him in death and resurrection. And it is a salvation that eclipses all expectation (then and often now).
Let’s celebrate and worship this ‘Great God and Saviour’ today. Give him glory.