St. Mary's Anglican Catholic Church

Diocese of the Midwest

It seems appropriate to look at the significance of Jesus’ Name as Chri [Annunciation to Joseph] stmas approaches; and coincidentally, the Church Catechism series examines the first petition of the Lord’s Prayer, Hallowed be Thy Name. In ancient times, a name was more than just a label chosen for aesthetic or sentimental reasons. A name said something about a person’s character or destiny. It was also the prerogative of the father to bestow the name he had chosen for his son and heir. 
When the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary he declared to her: Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. (St Luke 1:31) The Angel also appeared to Mary’s espoused husband, Joseph of Nazareth, with the same message regarding the child she had conceived: she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (St Matthew 1:21) It should be noted that God the Father, not Joseph of Nazareth, chose the Child’s Name, a Name chosen before the foundation of the world. (St Luke 2:21)
As Gabriel’s words to Joseph indicate, the name Jesus means “savior” or “God saves.” It is the NT Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua/Jeshua, the same name borne by to the successor of Moses who led the children of Israel into the Promised Land after forty years of wandering in the wilderness. But Jesus Christ is a savior of a different order; one who leads us out of the spiritual wilderness of sin and death. This Jesus saves us from the guilt and punishment for our sins, making peace and reconciliation between God and man. (Colossians 1:14; 2 Corinthians 5:18) He saves us from the dominion of sin, Satan, and death; and at the Last Day He will bestow eternal life and happiness upon those who put their faith and trust in Him. (Titus 2:14; Romans 6:22-23; Hebrews 5:9) This is a Promised Land, a heavenly country, that the Hebrew saints of old longed to see, but did not see in their lifetime. (St Matthew 13:16-17; Hebrews 11:13-16) 

The Child-Savior called Jesus born at Bethlehem achieved our salvation through His life, death, Resurrection and Ascension. As the Apostle tells us concerning this Son of God Incarnate: Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)