Summary: From His birth to His purpose to provide salvation
1. Jesus. “Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). The Greek name Jesus comes from the Hebrew Joshua. “Jehovah Saves.” Links His birth to His purpose to provide salvation.
2. Immanuel. “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isa. 7:14). The name Immanuel means “God With Us.” The name has three meanings:
a. He takes our human (limited) nature.
b. He identifies with our sufferings.
c. He comes near to us to save us.
3. The Word. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).
a. This title reflects incarnation, the miracle of God becoming human flesh. This happened at conception.
b. It became a reality at the virgin birth. “A virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son” (Matt. 1:23).
c. Jesus is called The Word because He communicates God to us and He defines what God is like.
4. The Dayspring from on High (Luke 1:78).
a. Dayspring: from the Greek Anatole means the point on the horizon at which the sun first shines.
b. Jesus is the first glimmer of hope to a world in the blackness of sin. “The light shined in darkness” (John 1:5).
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6).
5. Wonderful. “His name shall be called wonderful” (Isa. 9:6).
a. The “son is given”- supernatural, and “the child is born”- natural.
b. The word wonderful is a noun, not an adjective, so it is not “a wonderful counselor.”
c. Jesus is called Wonderful as:
(1) Wonderful is a title for miracles, i.e., “signs and wonders,” Jesus is omnipotent.
(2) Wonderful refers to mystery or secret. “We will never understand the conception.”
(3) Wonderful refers to majestic, i.e., “Worship His majesty.”
6. Counselor. “His name shall be called . . . Counselor.”
a. Refers to one who advises or helps solve a problem.
b. Christ is the source of all wisdom (Prov. 8:14; 1 Cor. 1:30).
7. Mighty God. “His name shall be called . . . mighty God.” The child will be El Gibbor referring to using His power for His people.
8. The Everlasting Father. He shall be called . . . everlasting Father.”
a. Jesus is separate from the Father, “Equal in nature, separate in person, submissive in duties.”
b. Means “Father of eternity” as a founding father, i.e., the one beginning a movement. Jesus establishes eternal life for those who believe.
9. The Prince of Peace.
a. Jesus is a prince who will ascend the throne in the future. Technically Jesus is not yet the King who will rule in the millennium.
He makes peace
He is our peace
b. Refers to Jesus making peace between God and man (Eph. 2:15).
c. Refers to inner peace He gives us (Eph. 2:14).
If you have never really accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, would you do it right now? Do not delay or put it off. If you would like to receive Christ by faith, pray this simple prayer in your heart:
Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe Jesus died for my sins on the cross, and rose again the third day. I repent of my sins. By faith I receive the Lord Jesus as my Savior. You promised to save me, and I believe You, because You are God and cannot lie. I believe right now that the Lord Jesus is my personal Savior, and that all my sins are forgiven through His precious blood. I thank You, dear Lord, for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
If you prayed that prayer, God heard you and saved you. I personally want to welcome you to the family of God and rejoice with you.
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