Names are important. When parents choose the name of their child, they consider different things. They may name the child after a relative or famous person. For example, I received the name of my father’s brother. Sometimes, parents just like the sound of a name, even inventing something new. But names also carry meaning. My name means “noble.” My oldest son’s name means “gift of God.” My wife’s name means “ray of sunshine” or “shining light.”
This week the podcast will look at a few of the names and titles of Jesus and their meaning. God told both Mary and Joseph to name her baby Jesus. In Luke 1:31, the angel said to Mary, “You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.” Joseph also received an angelic message that explained why he had to use the name Jesus. Matthew 1:20-21 says, ‘an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”’ (NIV)
The name Jesus means “God saves” and “savior.” It is the perfect name to describe Jesus’ mission here on earth.
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