It's All in the Name

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"You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21).


A good name is very valuable. Businesses that have built up a good reputation see the value in their business name. A business can be ruined if their name becomes known for bad business dealings. It is also true that a business that is fair and honest with people will leave a good impression. The same is true of our own names. What do people think when they hear your or my name?

When we think about the name of Jesus - there are many things that come to mind. Nave's Topical Bible lists 239 separate names for Jesus! In the events of Christmas there are three names for Jesus that are mentioned that we are going to look at today.


Matthew 1:21 records the familiar name of Jesus. Before Jesus was conceived, an angel told Joseph that Mary's firstborn child was to be named "Jesus": "You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21).

The name Jesus means "Saviour." Jesus was sent into this world to save us from our sins.

Jesus came to deliver us from the power, guilt, and pollution of sin. Jesus did not come into this world to die on the cross to make allowances for sin, but to destroy sin in our lives.


Another name for Jesus is: "...Emmanuel, which is translated 'God with us'" (Matthew 1:23).

God was united to our nature, God was with man, and in man. God is with us by His continual protection. God is with us by the influences of His Holy Spirit. God is with us through every action of our lives that we begin, continue, and end in His name.

He is God with us to comfort, enlighten, protect, and defend us in every time of temptation and trial, in the hour of death, in the day of judgment, and God with us and in us and we with and in Him to all eternity.

Christ the Lord

"There is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11).

Christ means "the anointed One." It is the same as the word "Messiah."

Prophets, Kings and Priests were anointed with oil when they were installed in to their offices.

This anointing was recognition that these people were committed and set apart to that job.

Jesus is the supreme, eternal God

Jesus is the ruler of the heavens and the earth. This title "Christ the Lord" speaks of the eternity of Jesus.

Jesus is prophet

He reveals the will of God and instructs us in His will.

Jesus is priest

He offered Himself as the supreme sacrifice for sin by His death on the cross.

Jesus is Lord

He rules over and in us - in the souls of those who have accepted His forgiveness of sin and are living for Him.


Jesus, Emmanuel, Christ the Lord - These are the names mentioned in the Christmas events. What does the name of Jesus mean to you?

Is He your Saviour?

Do you remember a time when you accepted Jesus as your personal Saviour from sin? Even if you cannot remember a date, you need to know that there was a time you sincerely humbled yourself before Jesus, thanked Him for dying on the cross for you, and you asked Him to forgive you of all the wrong things you have ever done, said or thought.

Is Emmanuel with you?

Do you know that He is with you every day, no matter what the experiences in your life might be? Do you know that He cares about your every need, be it small or large? Even in those times in your life when you cannot "feel" Him close to you - do you still trust in His promise that says "I am with you always - even to the end of the world."

Does Christ the Lord rule your life?

Is He pleased with how you live, the places you go, the company you keep, the things you think, say, and do? Remember, if He is not Lord of all - He is not Lord at all! He will not share His Lordship with anyone or anything else.

There are many, many names by which Jesus is called. But, perhaps these three mentioned in the Christmas passages sum up those things most important in our lives.

As we think of the events in the Christmas story this year, may we stop and ask ourselves especially - Is He my Saviour, is He with me day by day, and is He Lord of my life?

If you have never accepted Him as Saviour - today is a good time to do so. If you have strayed away from Him, come back to Him today. If there are areas of your life that you need to let Him be Lord of - put those things right with Him today.

His presence is the best present we can have!


Unless otherwise stated, all Bible quotations are from the New King James Version.

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