The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced.
While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus—’God saves’—because he will save his people from their sins.” This would bring the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term:
Watch for this—a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son;
They will name him Immanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”).
Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God’s angel commanded in the dream: He married Mary. But he did not consummate the marriage until she had the baby. He named the baby Jesus.
God of many names, Gathered into one. But how many names for Jesus are there? Here we present just some of the names used in the bible.
- Immanuel – Meaning “God With Us” – is found in Matthew 1:23, and prophesied in Isaiah 7:14.
- Jesus – This is the Greek from of Joshua, which means “The LORD saves.”
- Christ – again, this comes from the Greek, and can be translated as “the anointed.” This carries a lot of the meaning of the Jewish word “Messiah” – or “one [who is] annointed. Read Peter’s confirmation of Jesus as the Christ in Luke 9.
- Messiah – Andrew, brother of Simon Peter, upon hearing of Jesus, told his brother “We have found the Messiah” – John 1:41. As mentioned in the last name, Messiah means “Anointed one.” This comes from Daniel 9:25, where Daniel receives a vision from Gabriel, describing what will happen to Jesus. (Daniel 9:20-27)
Some of the other names of God used in the bible include: Almighty; Alpha and Omega; Amen; apostle and high priest; author and perfector of our faith; author of life; Beginning and the End; blameless; Branch of the LORD; Bread from heaven; bridegroom; bright Morning Star; Chief Shepherd; chosen one; commander of the peoples; Everlasting Father; exalted; faithful; Faithful and True; First and the Last; for ever praised; God over all; good shephers; great God; great high priest; head of the church; high priest for ever; Holy and Righteous One; holy and true; image of the invisible God; King; KING OF KINGS; king of the Jews; Lamb of God; life; Lion of the tribe of Judah; Lord; Lord God; Lord of all; Lord of Lords; LORD OF LORDS; man of sorrows; mediator; Mighty God; Passover lamb; precious cornerstone; Prince of Peace; pure; Rabbi; radiance of God’s Glory; resurrection; Righteous judge; rock; Root of David; ruler of God’s creation; servant; son of David; Son of God; Son of Man; Teacher; the way; true light; true vine; true witness; truth; Wonderful Counsellor and Word.