The Priority of Salvation
Matthew chapter 1 is most noted for its inclusion of the genealogy of Jesus from Joseph’s side of the family. But there is another interesting part that helps to answer the question, “Why Jesus?” Today, Jesus is the most important name on planet earth. Some love Him, some hate Him, but most are kind of indifferent. Even by those who don’t claim to follow Him, there is a pretty decent level of respect for the person of Jesus. Jesus is often praised for His dedication to the poor, the sick, and the needy. It is almost fashionable to speak highly of Jesus for the way He took it to the established religious power structure of His day. And all these things are true…and yet they miss the most important thing. In chapter 1 an angel is telling Joseph about this virgin birth thing and then the angel says this: 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
This, in addition to many other things we read in the New Testament about Jesus, shows us that the PRIMARY reason Jesus came to the earth was to save us from our sins. Sure, He did all those other great things as well but if you miss the salvation piece you miss the most important part. Jesus didn’t come primarily to heal all the sickness of the world, either physical or emotional, to champion the cause of the poor or to set the religious rulers straight. Jesus came to save people from their sins. Jesus came to die on a cross for the sins of mankind. Whatever you think of Jesus, if you don’t major on His mission of salvation, you are missing the point about Jesus. Jesus’ priority was salvation and our priority when we speak about Jesus should also be salvation. The other things are important, but the gap between the importance of fighting injustice, healing, teaching, etc… and salvation, is very large.