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Summary: This sermon is an expository sermon based on the conversation between Gabriel and Joseph and the name of Immanuel that would be assigned to the Lord.

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THE NAMES OF CHRISTMAS

"Immanuel"

Matthew 1:19-23

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.

20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:

23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

What a guy Joseph was. We don't know much about Joseph - likely he had already passed on by the time Jesus was baptized and began His ministry. There is no mention of him in Scripture after Mary and Joseph found Jesus in the Temple asking the scholars questions and then demanding answers.

In this passage we discover Joseph's true heart. No doubt he was a pious Jew but he didn't want Mary to suffer any more shame than was necessary. Thinking that she was with child by another man Joseph was more wounded than outraged. He wanted to do the right thing but he didn't want Mary to suffer. This is the kind of man God can use.

God set Joseph right by sending Gabriel to tell him the truth. This wasn't to be just any child. Joseph would have the privilege of raising the Son of God.

Look with me this morning at this wonderful name: "Immanuel."

1. THE MEANING OF THE NAME

23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Too often we read this story - this encounter with God's angel - and completely miss the importance of what Gabriel said to Joseph. For the first time God would be with us. Before this supernatural event God had always been somewhere else. He could be with us anytime He wanted to but He chose to be somewhere else. Finally, in Jesus God would come to us and never leave again even when the Lord went back to heaven from the Mount of Olives.

For the first time we would know how God felt about things and us. We've always known what God thought about things - we have His Word for that - but we never knew how he felt - what was in His heart. Now we know and because we do passages like John 3:16 make a lot more sense to us.

2. THE APPLICATION OF THE NAME

23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Jesus' name would not actually be "Immanuel." His given name would be Jesus. Jesus means Savior and is the New Testament translation of the Old Testament name Joshua. Joshua was one of the great heroes of the Old Testament and a lot of Jewish parents named their sons after him. Jesus was not named Immanuel - He was acclaimed by many who saw and heard Him to be Immanuel.


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