Seven Names Given to Jesus in Matthew 1 and 2
Of course, the first name is Jesus, which means Saviour. He is the One who saves us from our sins. This is His human name, the name of His humanity. ‘I Jesus’, who came in flesh and blood to die for your sins on the Cross of Calvary.
The second name is Immanuel, which means God with us. God desires fellowship with man. The Bible shows that in the end God will dwell with us in the heavenly Jerusalem. We who now walk with Him and talk with Him, shall see Him face to face.
The third name is King of the Jews. That was what the Wise Men called him. Yes, He was the King of the Jews as He confessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate. That title was nailed to the Cross. But He is more than King of the Jews, He is King of kings and Lord of lords.
Then, fourthly, we have the prophecy from Micah, which refers to ‘a Ruler who will shepherd my people Israel’. A picture of a Shepherd-King. A King who holds not a sceptre, but a staff. One who cares for His flock.
Going beyond, we have, fifthly, the Child. Unto us a Child is born, Isa 9.6. The almighty and glorious God emptied Himself of His glory and greatness and become a little child. It is amazing! He was a Babe, a Child, a Lad, a Youth and a Man. He knows all about our humanity, having passed through the same stages as we.
Then, sixthly, we have the famous phrase, the Son. The Son of God. The Son speaks of Sonship, His relationship with His heavenly Father. We too are privileged to have such a relationship, as sons and daughters of the Most High God. The Son speaks of His perfection, His fullness, His maturity. ‘This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.’ On the Cross, He was Son of God, as the centurion testified: ‘Truly, this was the Son of God!’ God offered up His only begotten Son on the Cross for our sins!
Then, seventhly, we have the title, the Nazarene, Matt 2.23. He is not Jesus of Bethlehem, but Jesus of Nazareth. He associated Himself with a despised place: ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Nazareth was filled with crude unbelief; the people there wanted to kill Jesus! We can imagine how much He suffered in silence in Nazareth all those ‘silent years’ [till He began His mission at the age of 30 from the river Jordan]. Isaiah 53 says ‘He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering.’ Oh, He suffered all through in his years at Nazareth. ‘He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.’
This is the sevenfold picture of Jesus that we have in the early chapters of Matthew. There is so much to learn from the names and titles given to Jesus. Truly He is Son of God and Son of Man. He loved us so much that He was prepared to humble Himself to the lowest point [i.e. death on the Cross] in order to save us from our sins! He is the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One [for that is the eighth name, found in Matt 2.4]. Because He humbled Himself, God anointed Him. He is both Redeemer and Ruler, Saviour and King. Therefore, like the Wise Men, we must worship Him!
26th Dec, 2005 @ LiveJournal