Before His birth, God used angels to divinely establish and authenticate who and what Jesus was.
In fulfillment of God's promise to faithful king David some 900 years ago
(2 Sam 7:12-16), the angel Gabriel told Mary that her Son
was the King from the line of David who would reign forever (Luke 1:26-33).
In fulfillment of God's promise to faithless king Ahaz some 600 years ago
(Isa 7:14), the angel told Joseph that his Son was the Immanuel
(Hebrew: God with us) of virgin birth, which was the miraculous sign for those who doubted God's reality and
salvation (Matt 1:19-25). As instructed, Joseph and Mary named
their Son Jesus which, in Hebrew, meant "Yahweh is salvation."
She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus (Yahweh is salvation), for He
will save His people from their sins. (Matt 1:21)
In speaking of His preeminence and purpose, the apostle John placed an emphasis on the name of
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God,
even to those who believe in His name, (John 1:12)
Jesus' divinely bestowed name emphasized His purpose, Yahweh is salvation, and was exalted above all other
Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point
of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name
which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on
earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
Father. (Phil 2:8-11)
To learn more, see:
Messianic prophecies of Jesus' name, birth, and origin
What's in a name? A look at genealogies…
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