Sri Yesu Janmotsav* blessings to all my readers as you remember the birth of our Lord, God and Saviour Lord Jesus Christ. As you celebrate Sri Yesu Janmotsav I think it would be appropriate for us this time to reflect on the very meaning of the name Jesus (Yesu).
Matthew chapter 1, verse 21 reads as: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” The name Jesus is very familiar. But many do not necessarily understand the meaning the name signifies. Jesus means “He will save His people from their sins”. The problem of evil, injustice, corruption, terrorism and all are great evil our society is facing. Bible traces sin as the root of all these things. And Christ’s birth is indeed great news as it gives a new birth to the world struggling with evil, injustice, corruption, terrorism. Well, how does the birth of Jesus help the world that is struggling with the above evil. Bible promises in 2 Corinthians chapter 5 and verse 17 says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come”. Meaning that when a person accepts Jesus God implants a new nature in that person and enables him towards good work and reduces his lenience to evil. This change of heart is the secret of the name Jesus.
However I would make a word of caution here. Many people who bear a so called Christian name might live a life that does not live the message as proclaimed by the name “Jesus”. The promise in the Bible is depended on the free will of a person to accept Jesus and His teachings. This does not necessarily nullify the power of the name Jesus; rather a call to the ones who call themselves Christian or to follow Jesus to retrospect and truly accept the Saving power of Jesus and allow them to be transformed by Jesus.
May the message of Jesus and His salvation bring a new hope to the world struggling with evil, injustice, corruption, terrorism and so on. Once again blessed Sri Yesu Janmotav greetings.
*Janmotsav– Refers to celebration of someone’s birth. This context it refers to celebration Christ’s birth.