December 27, 2020
SUNDAY SERMON: WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:21-25
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: And the government shall be upon his shoulder: And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
"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. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: and knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS."
Introduction: "Oh How I Love Jesus" - One of the favorite hymns of all time! It exalts that Name that God said is "above every name."
Names in the United States do not mean much. Parents pick out names for their children for many reasons. Some names you can't pronounce; others are weird; some are chosen to honor someone they think of as their hero; or sometimes they will name a child after a family member. But, most of the time, there is no special significance behind the choice of a name.
In Old Testament times, a name is the title by which one person is designated from another. A name stood for a person's reputation, their fame and their glory." Parents often gave children names that described the parent's hopes and future expectations regarding the child. The word translated name" in the Old Testament means "A Mark or a Brand." People were given the names they were given for a reason. For instance, David means Beloved". Abraham means "Father of a multitude." Jacob means, Trickster". Goliath means Splendor." All of these people proved true to their names!
Today I want to consider the name mentioned verse 21. "And thou shalt call his name JESUS:" I would like to take that name Jesus and say What's In A Name."
HIS NAME REVEALS HIS PERSONALITY
(Emmanuel - God With Us)
A. Reveals A Supernatural Baby - Not just another, but God in human flesh.
B. Reveals A Supernatural Birth - Not a normal birth, but a virgin birth.
C. Reveals A Supernatural Battler - He came to battle with Satan and sin.
HIS NAME REVEALS HIS PURPOSE
(Jesus - Jehovah Is Salvation)
A. Speak Of His Desire - The name Jesus reveals a God with a desire to save sinners.
B. Speaks Of His Deliverance - The name Jesus came to be our Redeemer - to free us from sin.
C. Speaks Of His Death - Jesus came that He might die on the cross to set us free from sin.
HIS NAME REVEALS HIS POWER
(And his name shall be called)
A. Wonderful - He Is The Supernatural One - Means Miracle and extraordinary.
B. Counselor - He Is The Supervising One - This word means "to advise, counsel, purpose, devise and plan.
C. The Mighty God - He Is The Sovereign One - This word means "Hero". It refers to "one Who is strong, mighty and invincible."
D. The everlasting Father - He is The Sustaining One - He will be the Father to His people eternally. As our Father, He sustains us by His mighty power. Just like a shepherd take care the sheep, it is His responsibility to take care of us. He is the great "I AM."
E. Prince of Peace - He Is The satisfying One - The word "peace" refers to "a state of happiness, well being and prosperity." The word "prince" speaks of a leader or ruler". Jesus is the Creator and Sustainer of our peace.
What's In A Name ? If the name is Jesus, everything is in that name!