But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
As we look at the Christmas story from the book of Matthew, we can look at the two names specifically given to Jesus. The passage says, “…thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins” and “…they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
“He shall save his people from their sins.” The name “Jesus” means “Saviour.” That is a perfect description of Jesus. He is the Saviour, and, as the passage says, He will save His people from their sins.
The name “Emmanuel” means “God with us.” This is also a perfect description of Jesus. It is hard for our human minds to comprehend, but God Himself came down, humbled Himself, became a man and walked around this earth as a man among men for over thirty years. During that time, it was literally “God with us.” We can also look at this name as being spiritual. When we are saved, it is through Jesus that we can have “God with us” and “God in us.”
These names given to Jesus are perfect descriptions of what He is and what He does. What a wonderful Saviour!